TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I)

(gr. IT , 8f ,)

GOLDIKOVA (IRE) (B m, 123 lb) $1,080,000
Anabaa —Born Gold , by Blushing Groom (FR)
B—Wertheimer Et Frere, IRE.; O—Wertheimer and Frere; T—Frederic Head

Courageous Cat (B h, 123 lb) $360,000
Storm Cat —Tranquility Lake , by Rahy
B—Pam & Martin Wygod, KY.; O—Wygod, Pam and Martin; T—William I. Mott

Justenuffhumor (B h, 126 lb) $198,000
Distorted Humor —Justenuffheart , by Broad Brush
B—Mt. Brilliant Farm LLC, KY.; O—Godolphin Racing LLC; T—Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Margins: ½, 1, head. Others: Court Vision 126($120,000) , Delegator (GB) 123($60,000) , Karelian 126 , Ferneley (IRE) 126 , Whatsthescript (IRE) 126 , Gladiatorus 126 , Cowboy Cal 126 , Zacinto (GB) 123 . Winning Jockey, Olivier Peslier.

Move over MiesqueÑyouÕve got company. Twenty-one years after MiesqueÕs successful defense of her BreedersÕ Cup Mile title, the magnificent Goldikova emulated that feat with her second consecutive victory in the TVG BreedersÕ Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 7. Goldikova, a 4-year-old daughter of Anabaa, joins Miesque, Lure, and Da Hoss as two-time winners of the Mile.

GoldikovaÕs victory assured trainer Freddy Head a singular place in racing history. The French trainer now has become the only person to have both ridden (Miesque, 1987-88) and trained (Goldikova, 2008-09) consecutive winners of any BreedersÕ Cup race.

The win capped off an incredible year for Goldikova, who won four group I/grade I races from six starts during the season. The BreedersÕ Cup victory comes just a few months after her sire, French champion Anabaa, died due to acute peritonitis after undergoing colic surgery.

Bred in Kentucky by Gainsborough Farm, Anabaa was the champion older male in France and earned the 1996 Cartier Award as EuropeÕs top sprinter. Campaigned by Alec Head, trained by his daughter Criquette and ridden by his son, Freddy, Anabaa won six sprint stakes in 1996, including the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) and the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I).

Retired to stud at the Head familyÕs Haras du Quesnay in France, Anabaa proved to be quite a versatile sire, with offspring excelling not only at sprints but also over a route of ground. From his first crop came Anabaa Blue, winner of the 2001 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Fr-I) over 12 furlongs. Other noted progeny include Yell, the Australian champion sprinter of 2003; Anabar, champion older horse and champion stayer in Hong Kong; and Ana Marie, the 2003 champion older mare in France over 91Ú2-11 furlongs.

Goldikova was bred by Wertheimer et Frere, the nom du course for brothers Gerard and Alain Wertheimer.

There is a long association between the Head and Wertheimer families, and that is reflected in GoldikovaÕs pedigree. From a rich female family that has been cultivated for several generations by the Wertheimers, Goldikova is out of Born Gold, a winning daughter of Blushing Groom. Possessed with a brilliant turn of foot, Blushing Groom was named champion juvenile in France in 1976. He followed that up with the title of champion French miler in 1977.

Blushing Groom proved to be both an excellent sire and broodmare sire, and has left his mark on the BreedersÕ Cup. His son, Arazi, was a champion juvenile in Europe who electrified racing fans with his move on the far turn in the 1991 BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs that not only catapulted him into the winnerÕs circle but also to year-end honors as champion 2-year-old male in North America.

Blushing Groom is also the broodmare sire of 1998 BreedersÕ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Awesome Again, and 2000 BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Macho Uno, who are both out of Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Primal Force. Blushing Groom is also the paternal grandsire of 2009 BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) winner, Pounced.

Born Gold is out of Riviere DÕor, a daughter of Lyphard who captured the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) in 1988. Bred by Jacques Wertheimer, Riviere DÕor produced three winners from four foals to race, including the filly Gold Splash. A full sibling to Born Gold, Gold Splash captured the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I) as a juvenile and followed that up with a victory in the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) as a 3-year-old.

Gold River, the dam of Riviere DÕor, won the Prix Royal Oak (French St. Leger, Fr-I) as a 3-year-old in 1980. She was even better the following year, winning the Prix de lÕArc de Triomphe (Fr-I) on her way to being named champion older mare in France. Gold River was one of the best daughters of Riverman, who also sired 1980 Prix de lÕArc de Triomphe winner Detroit and 1987-88 Hanson Trust Coronation Cup (Eng-I) winner, Triptych.

Both Riverman and Glaneuse, Gold RiverÕs dam, were bred and owned by Madame Pierre Wertheimer, so the Wertheimer influence is reflected in several generations of GoldikovaÕs pedigree.

Born Gold has also done well when bred to other Northern Dancer-line stallions. Her second foal, a daughter of Caerleon named Gold Round, was a multiple stakes winner in France, and has produced Spectaculaire, a stakes-winning son of Spectrum. Her foal of 2002, Gold Sound, a son of champion Green Tune, defeated multiple group I winner Dr. Dino in the Prix de Guiche (Fr-III) as a 3-year-old in 2005.

Born Gold currently has an unraced 2-year-old colt by Green Tune named Ocean Seven and a yearling filly by Galileo, named Galikova. Born Gold was among the last book of 85 mares that was bred to Anabaa earlier this year. By Mary Schweitzer