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Goldikova - Breeders' Cup Mile- Santa Anita - Oct 2008

It's in the blood: Goldikova cruises to success in the Breeders' Cup Mile 

  PICTURE: Edward Witaker  


Goldikova maintains brilliant miling tradition

OUTSTANDING French filly Goldikova, a homebred Wertheimer Et Frere filly,  brought back memories of her compatriot Miesque by unleashing a brilliant burst of speed to land the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Trainer Freddie Head rode Miesque to win the same race in 1987 and 1988 and said of Goldikova: "I think she is as goodas her, she is in the same league. She is top, top-class."

Victory meant that Head became the first man to ride and train a winner at the Breeders' Cup.

Goldikova's victory continued Anabaa's resurgence as a notable sire after his transferal back to Haras du Quesnay for the 2008 season where he stood for €27,000, having spent at a season at a $40,000 fee at Castleton Lyons Stud in Kentucky.

She is from a noted family of milers- her dam Born Gold is a half-sister to Gold Splash, winner of  Group 1 Coronation Stakes and the Prix Marcel Boussac, and her granddam Riviere D'or, finished second in the Prix Marcel Boussac-Gr1. Riviere D'or was a half-sister to Goldneyev,  runner-up in the Poule D'essai Des Poulians-Gr1.





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