Charm Spirit gamely drove through a narrow gap and took the lead late to win the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) July 14 at Chantilly.
Back at the top of his game, French star Cirrus des Aigles took control early in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr. I) May 25 at Longchamp and won from comfortably from hard-trying Anodin.
Moonlight Cloud unleashed an astounding burst of speed from last and wore down pacesetter Gordon Lord Byron to capture the Qatar Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) by three lengths Oct. 6 at Longchamp.
In a highly anticipated clash, Moonlight Cloud easily wore down elite sprinter Lethal Force and stormed to a Deauville course record Aug. 4 while winning the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) for a third time.
After a pair of runner-up finishes last season, Wertheimer and Frere homebred Anodin, a full brother to three-time Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Goldikova, secured a clear victory in his 3-year-old debut.
Freddie Head, who won the Breeders' Cup Mile three times with Goldikova, talks about 2012 contender Moonlight Cloud, a filly running against the boys. Watch Video
Goldikova will face seven rivals when she bids for a repeat victory in the $407,904 Qatar Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 2.
Galikova stepped out from big sister Goldikova's shadow with an impressive victory in the $477,631 Qatar Prix Vermeille (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sept. 11.
Moonlight Cloud took command within the final furlong and drew off to an impressive four-length victory in the $356,940 Prix Maurice de Gheest-Goldikova (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 7.
Guest blogger John Gilmore shares photos and thoughts from Goldikova's 2011 races. read blog
Goldikova made history when she held off the late charge of Sahpresa to claim victory in the $431,730 Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) at Deauville July 31.
Canford Cliffs outdueled defending champion Goldikova to capture the $406,928 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) in the opening race at Royal Ascot June 14.
Goldikova picked up right where she left off last season, notching another group I victory as she held off the late charge of Cirrus Des Aigles to capture the $353,785 Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) at Longchamp May 22.
Freddie Head said Oct. 26 that Goldikova's preparation for try at a record-breaking third successive victory in the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) is going smoothly.
Classic winner Makfi regained his winning form in grand style, taking command within the final furlong to defeat Goldikova in the Prix Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 15.
Goldikova further cemented her place in history with a dominating performance to capture the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) for the third straight year.
Goldikova started the 2010 Royal Ascot meet off with a performance befitting a queen, tenaciously holding off a charging Paco Boy to capture the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) by a neck June 15.
Champion mare Goldikova made the perfect start to her 5-year-old campaign, winning the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) by a half-length over Byword at Longchamp May 23.
Sensational filly Goldikova defended her TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) title in scintillating fashion Nov. 7 at Santa Anita Park, as she stormed down the lane under Olivier Peslier and caught longshot Courageous Cat inside the sixteenth-pole before going on to a half-length win.
Trainer Freddie Head confirmed on Oct. 7 that Goldikova will return to Santa Anita to defend her crown in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 7.
Varenar benefitted from a swift early pace to storm past heavy favorite Goldikova in the final strides to capture the Total Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) by a short head at Longchamp Oct. 3.
Goldikova continued her march to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships with another powerful performance, this time taking the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 16 by a rousing six lengths.
Heading for a second appearance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) this fall, the brilliant filly Goldikova showed that she is at the top of her game following a smashing repeat victory in the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug 2.
Goldikova bounced back to her winning form with an impressive performance in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket July 8.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) 2007 winner Kip Deville came out earlier than normal on Saturday at Sha Tin and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said his horse was "giving all the signs that he'll run big" in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).
Freddie Head knows all about winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). He did so twice -- as a jockey -- with the filly Miesque in 1987-88. Now he's trying to win a championship as a trainer with Goldikova.
European trainers discussed the strengths of their Breeders' Cup contenders, the largest number from overseas since 1994. Several said they would not have made the trip if the main track had a dirt instead of a synthetic surface.
Naaqoos made most of the running and had enough to hold off a hard-charging Milanais to win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) (Fr-I) by a neck at Longchamp Oct. 5.
Marchand d'Or cut through near darkness to land the rescheduled Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I) by 11/2-lengths Oct. 5.
Goldikova continued the tremendous season for trainer Freddie Head when she rolled to her second group I victory over a high class field in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 7. Left in her wake were fellow group I winners Henrythenavigator, Darjina, Sageburg, and Natagora.
A member of one of the Thoroughbred industry's best known families has her first consignment at the Keeneland September yearling auction. Martine Head, who is selling under the banner of Longitude Farm, is a daughter of Alec Head, the patriarch of a French breeding and racing dynasty.
Tamayuz continued trainer Freddie Head's golden run when rolling to a comfortable 2 1/2-length victory over Natagora in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 17.
Marchand D'Or entered the record books by powering to his third straight victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 10.
Trainer Freddie Head landed his third group I win of the season when his 3-year-old filly, Goldikova, held off Darjina by a half-length to capture the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 3.
Marchand D'Or came on with a late run to capture his second consecutive Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) at Deauville August 5.
Marchand D'Or showed a sharp turn of foot when easily defeating 16 rivals in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) on Sunday at Deauville.
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