Continentalvictory, harness racing’s hor
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Continentalvictory, harness racing’s horse of the year in 1996, will not run the rest of this year and could possibly be forced to retire because of leg problems, her owners said Monday.
The 4-year-old trotter, who won the Hambletonian and became only the eighth filly in the 50 years of voting to be selected horse of the year, has ligament problems in the back of her lower front legs.
``She hurt (it) last year before the Kentucky Futurity and since then she’s had two more problems,″ Dave Offenberg, one of the horse’s owners, said at the Meadowlands Race Track.
Deena Frost, the horse’s principal owner, said by telephone from Highland Beach, Fla., that Continentalvictory ``will not race this year but that does not mean she won’t race next year.″
Continentalvictory will go to Rainbow’s End Farm in Marlborough, Conn.
``A treatment for her problem is swimming and she just flat out refuses to swim,″ Offenberg said. ``It didn’t make sense to continue and it’s not fair to her so we said: `Enough.‴
Contintentalvictory won nine of 12 starts in 1996, including the World Trotting Derby and the Yonkers Trot in addition to the Hambletonian, trotting’s most prestigious race.
Trained by Ron Gurfein and driven in all but one of her 1996 starts by Mike Lachance, Continentalvictory’s earnings of $1,178,360 were the largest ever by a trotting filly in one season.