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Victoire means victory in France
Monday, December 23, 2013 - by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent

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The 4-year-old French mare Victoire is appropriately named as victoire is the French word for victory and at present Victoire is on a winning streak.

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Victoire (#4) won the Criterium Continental on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon (Dec. 22) Victoire, driven by 21-year-old Mathieu Mottier, won the prestigious Criterum Continental at Vincennes. The win was not only worth $150,000, but it also gave Victoire a wild card to Europe’s richest race for elder trotters, the Prix d’Amerique.

Victoire is a family horse. She was raised and is owned by Danielle Mottier, who also trains the mare, and her son, Mathieu, drives Victoire in the races.

The win Sunday afternoon was number three in a row and this autumn Victoire has established herself as one of the best 4-year- old trotters in France. She now has lifetime earnings of $800,000.

Her pedigree is below average. She is by far the best offspring to her sire, Kitko, and her dam, Juventa Blue, took a mark of 2:12 and earned $5,000.

This was the first win for a mare in the Criterium Continental since Qualita Bourbon in 2008; she went on to finish third in the Prix d’Amerique.

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