Goldikova's connections emphasizing her historic three-peat.

Goldikova's connections emphasizing her historic three-peat.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Goldikova to Go for Mile 'Four-Peat' in 2011

She won the Breeders' Cup race for the third consecutive year Nov. 6.

Alain Wertheimer said at Keeneland Nov. 8 that Goldikova would remain in training and go for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) in 2011. Wertheimer and his brother, Gerard, bred Goldikova and they also race her.

“That’s the only real objective that she has,” said Alain Wertheimer of the Breeders’ Cup four-peat.

“We decided to keep her in training because she’s in great shape,” he continued. “The other reason is that if more older horses are kept in training, it’s good for the public because they get used to seeing them and there’s a good chance of it bringing (more) people to the racetrack. If you only keep them one year, people don’t see them enough; they don’t get attached. I think it would be good if more people were able to do that. I understand for colts because there is a lot of money involved. But when you have a big stable and have a good mare, there’s no reason not to try to keep her in training.”

Irish-bred Goldikova, an Eclipse Award winner and a European champion, became the first horse in Breeders’ Cup history to win an event three times Nov. 6 when she captured the Mile (which was sponsored this year by TVG) by 1 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of Anabaa is trained by Freddy Head.

The Wertheimer brothers are attending the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.