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Breeders’ Cup Mile Champion Goldikova; The Amazing Mare of Gold

Breeders’ Cup Mile Champion Goldikova; The Amazing Mare of Gold: The 2014 Breeder’s Cup series is just around the corner on October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita Park, so it’s time to remember some great horses that made history in U.S horse racing. We’re going to start with Goldikova (IRE), the France based filly that became a popular lady in United States due to her three consecutive wins in the Breeder’s Cup Mile.

Breeders' Cup Mile Champion Goldikova

Breeders’ Cup Mile Champion Goldikova celebrates her 3rd consecutive win with jockey Olivier Peslier on November 6, 2010 at Churchill Downs.
Photo: Breeders’ Cup Photo ©

Goldikova; a daughter of Anabaa – Born Gold by Blushing Groom (FR) was ridden by Olivier Peslier and trained by the retired jockey Freddy Head. Goldikova was owned by the French partnership Wertheimer and Frere and started her career at the age of two in France, winning two races. In 2008 at 3-years-old, Goldikova lost three consecutive races, including a Group 1 stakes behind the unbeaten Zarkava, a filly who finally won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe that year. However, in the second half of the year, she came to feel the taste of victory with a three race winning streak beating tough horses like Henrythenavigator and looked ready to face the boys in a Breeder’s Cup race at Santa Anita.

Goldikova arrived to United States as the favorite and on October 25, 2008 demonstrated she was a superstar by winning the Breeder’s Cup Mile. The next year, after beating the males in Europe, Goldikova returned to Santa Anita Park to win the 2009 Breeder’s Cup Mile, this time coming off the pace. After this victory, Goldikova took a well deserve rest. She returned to the races in May of 2010 with a series of wins in Group 1 Stakes in France and England breaking the record set by Miesque for the most Group 1 wins by an European mare. Goldikova was in the best moment of her career, when her connections decided to run her third consecutive Breeder’s Cup Mile this time at Churchill Downs. On November 6, 2010 the tiny but mighty Goldikova became in the first horse to win a Breeder’s Cup race three times, by winning the 2010 Breeder’s Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

Goldikova made her six-year-old debut on May 22, 2011 winning the Prix d’Ispahan, beating the Champion Cirrus de Aigles and then winning her fourth consecutive Prix Rothschild in France. Despite the victories, Goldikova wasn’t the dominant mare of her younger years, being defeated in her last two races in Europe. On November 5, 2011; Goldikova tried to made history and participate in her fourth Breeder’s Cup Mile but arrived in third position 1 ½ lengths behind the longshot Court Vision, finishing a brilliant career with 14 Group 1 wins in two continents.

In early 2012, Goldikova was covered by the sire Galileo at Coolmore Stud in Ireland and gave birth a to a colt. In 2013 she was covered again by Galileo, and gave birth to a filly in Ireland.

Goldikova Breeders’ Cup Mile 2010 Replay:

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