Wednesday, January 6

(06.01.21) Goldikova tribute

Superstar horse Goldikova has sadly died aged 16. Ridden by Olivier Peslier and trained by Freddy Head she is the only horse to win 3 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile races in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as well as winning the Group 1 Prix Rothschild 4 times in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Other major wins:

Grp3 Prix Chloé (2008)
Grp1 Prix du Moulin (2008)
Grp1 Falmouth Stakes (2009)
Grp1 Prix Jacques Le Marois (2009)
Grp1 Prix d'Ispahan (2010 and 2011)
Grp1 Queen Anne Stakes (2010)
Grp1 Prix de la Forêt (2010)

Picking up awards along the way including the European Horse of the year as well as the European Champion Older Horse and American Champion Female Turf Horse twice. She was also inducted into the US Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. 

After retirement from racing she went on to foal Terrakova (Galileo) (winner of the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre in 2017 and 3rd in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines in the same year) among others.

Breeders' Cup Mile replays

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Charles Church, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons