Forest Vic A scored the fastest mile of his career in the last race of his career, when he paced to a winning 1:50.3 at The Meadowlands on Dec. 28.
Steve Smith was in the sulky for trainer Karen Garland and owners Night Rogue Racing Stable, Bruce Kay and Steve Smith.
The winner of $907,686 faces mandatory retirement when he turns 15 on Jan. 1, 2014, according to United States Trotting Association rules. He was just one of 46 Standardbreds still racing at age 14 in 2013, according to the USTA.
For Forest Vic A, it was his first win EVER at The Big M, despite the fact that he’s taken a winning record every year since first setting hoof on U.S. soil at age eight.
Forest Vic A's first career start was in Maitland, Australia on Aug. 3, 2002, when he finished fourth. He went on to have a success career Down Under, winning 19 of 77 start there and earning $77,753 for his owners.
When he arrived in the U.S. in Spring 2007, he wasted no time settling in, winning his first start in North American at Freehold on May 19, 2007 in 1:55. He won six more starts that first season stateside, earning $123,000 for his connections.
The gelded son of Troublemaker retires with 50 wins, 33 seconds and 38 thirds to his credit in 207 starts.