DEL MAR — Valley Victory, an English-bred 3-year-old filly whose American career started inauspiciously in California but blossomed in New York, is being sold to Peter Brant for at least $1 million.
Sherwood Chillingworth, a member of the California-based five-man syndicate that bought Valley Victory last fall and raced her in the United States, said Saturday there is a verbal agreement with Brant to buy the filly. The sale is expected to be completed this week.
Valley Victory, a stakes winner in Ireland as a 2-year-old, did not win any stakes in California, but she won the Coaching Club American Oaks, a major race, at Belmont Park this summer. Before that, she finished fourth in the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont. In her last start, she was second in the Alabama at Saratoga.
Valley Victory was scheduled to run this Wednesday in the Gazelle Handicap at Belmont but apparently will skip that race because of the sale to Brant, a Connecticut horse owner, breeder and publisher. Brant has won Eclipse Awards with distaffers Waya and Just a Game II and was a minority owner of Swale, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes in 1984.