Looking at his pedigree, it's not too surprising that Solow's connections -- trainer Freddy Head and owner/breeders Wertheimer et Frere -- would have expected Solow to require a test of stamina.
In the Royal Ascot opener Tuesday, June 16, favored Solow delivered a rousing victory in the $585,000 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), extending his win streak to seven races, including three straight group I victories.
Trainer Freddy Head and jockey Maxime Guyon teamed for a group I double May 24 at Longchamp, winning the Prix d'Ispahan with Solow and the Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary with Queen's Jewel.
French runner Solow was all alone at the line in the $6 million Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (UAE-I) March 28. The 5-year-old covered the 1,800 meters in 1:47.76 to give trainer Freddy Head his first win in Dubai.
The Arqana Deauville breeding stock sale proved dynamic throughout the second day Dec. 7 as gross, average, and median all showed gains from the same session last year.
Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani went to 150,000 euros ($190,851 in United States funds) for a Sharmadal colt to acquire the Oct. 21 session topper at the Arqana October yearling sale in Deauville, France.
Head began his assault on the storied grass race in 1987-88, riding Miesque, then saddled Goldikova to three consecutive victories in 2008-10 after beginning a training career. Now, Goldikova's full brother could step up.
France-based Charm Spirit denied 2-1 favorite Night of Thunder victory in the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I), the latter not getting a clear run until too late Oct. 18 at Ascot.
Prominent European horseman Alec Head was presented with the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit following the 48th Annual International Conference of Horseracing Authorities Oct. 6 in Paris, France.
While We Are winning a group I race despite suffering from a large ovarian tumor would seemingly serve as the latest of many examples of courage in the Thoroughbred, French officials do not see it that way.
Trainer Freddy Head talks about Moonlight Cloud, who runs in the Hong Kong Mile on December 8. Watch Video
Two Breeders' Cup World Championships winners, two trainers from the iconic Head family, and a filly owned by Her Majesty The Queen were among the honorees Nov. 12 when the 23rd annual Cartier Racing Awards were presented.
Wertheimer Et Frere has confirmed that Intello, its leading French-trained colt, will take up stallion duties at Cheveley Park Stud for the 2014 and 2015 breeding seasons, and then at the Haras du Quesnay for two years.
George Strawbridge's homebred Moonlight Cloud won a clash of top European stars Aug. 11 when the mare gamely held off outsider Olympic Glory to win the Prix Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville, France.
The final shipment of European Breeders' Cup runners arrived at the quarantine barn at Santa Anita Park late the evening of Oct. 29, while others who had arrived earlier took to the track for the first time Oct. 30.
After a protracted battle through the final furlong, Moonlight Cloud got the better of Farhh by a determined head to capture the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 16.
Moonlight Cloud swept past longtime leader The Cheka in the final furlong and cruised to a sharp five-length victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 5.
Comments from Freddy Head after her third in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile. Watch Video
As the great race mare Goldikova enters the final race of her remarkable career when she seeks an unprecedented fourth consecutive TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) victory, trainer Freddy Head has mixed emotions.
Freddy Head is confident his 6-year-old old mare can pull off a fourth BC Mile win.
Dream Ahead got up in the final strides to nip Goldikova by a nose to win the $407,904 Qatar Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 2.
A small but quality field of six juvenile fillies will go to the post in the $407,904 Total Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium Des Pouliches (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 2.
Dabirsim will seek to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on six challengers in the $475,888 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Grand Criterium (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 2.
Pascal Bary's Interaction headlines a field of 10 that will head to the post for the $250,000 Dubai City of Gold Sponsored by Emirates Airlines (UAE-IIT) at Meydan Racecourse Mar. 3.
Miesque was the standard by which all other European fillies are measured. Read Blog
Wertheimer and Frere's homebred Goldikova, Europe's Horse of the Year, is named North America's top Turf Female after winning her third straight Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
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.
The amazing mare Goldikova unleashed a huge turn of foot in the stretch and overtook the leaders of the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) as she became the first-ever three-time consecutive winner of a World Championships race.
Trainer Freddy Head is confident about Goldikova's chances for a "three-peat" in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Zenyatta and Goldikova will attempt to make history in their respective Breeders' Cup races.
Goldikova held off the late charge of Paco Boy to take the Qatar Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) Oct. 3 at Longchamp.
Galikova has a little way to go yet before she can be compared to her illustrious big sister Goldikova, but she started off in the right direction by winning her racecourse debut Sept. 18 at Longchamp.
- By Ron Mitchell
Four-year-old filly defended her title in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita; won three group I races in Europe.
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