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Goldikova back in Prix Rothschild

Goldikova top story.
 
Six-time champion, and 2010 European Cartier Horse of the Year, Goldikova, will attempt to rebound from a second place effort in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes behind Canford Cliffs when she takes on seven other fillies and mares in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville in France. Countless times the great race mare has shown incredible courage and determination while capturing an incredible 13 Group/Grade 1 races during her stellar international career. On Sunday she will face females for the first time since capturing last year’s Prix Rothschild while chasing the 14th Group 1 win of her career.

Goldikova began her year with a repeat win in the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan before finishing second to Canford Cliffs in a very controversial running of the Queen Anne Stakes. Jockey Olivier Peslier posted two pounds of overweight in the race and seemed to send Goldikova to the lead much earlier than usual in the race, eliminating her usually brilliant turn of foot. She will be heavily favored to win her fourth consecutive Prix Rothschild. Trainer Freddy Head has also entered Flash Dance to ensure a solid pace for Goldikova. Expect to see the great champion back to her best form in the Rothschild, she hasn’t lost two consecutive races since early 2008 and it doesn’t appear she’s about to break that streak now.

[Goldikova currently ranks #24 on HRN's All-Time Greatest Filly and Mare rankings and holds a substantial 8 point lead over Frankel as #1 on the Active Horses Ranking Page]

Of the seven fillies and mares facing the three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr.1) winner, only four seem mildly able to threaten on paper. The top three finishers in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes, Timepiece, Sahpresa and First City. Also entered is Coronation Stakes runner up, Nova Hawk, the only 3-year-old in the field.

The long-term target for Goldikova will be a return in the Breeders’ Cup Mile this fall at Churchill Downs where she will try to win the prestigious event for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time. The Prix Rothschild should go down as little more than another footnote in the great mare's tale, another notch in her belt.
 

 

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14 Group 1's now!!
Now let's get that Breeders' Cup Mile #4! Go GOlidkova!!
Absolutely amazing once again from the greatest female turf runner in the world!
@Zenyatta-Perfection Personified - In complete agreement! It amazes me that's she's been able to stay in such amazing form for so many years at the very top of the game!
Best racehorse in the world. Male OR female.
Goldi looked very impressive in winning her 4th Prix Rothschild today. Won easily while being geared down by Peslier (who also notched the 100th group I victory of his career) over a nice group of fillies. So looking forward to seeing her this fall; probably *won't* get to see Midday, since Sir Henry is not fond of Churchill Downs (and running under the lights in 20 degree temps).
Oh, I was not ... the question marks meant could she really win these race 4 years in a row??? Amazing!
@BrianZipse, I'm quite certain Goldikova will win a 4th Prix Rothschild. But I wouldn't ring up her 4th B.C. Mile so quickly, just yet? Just because Frankel beat Canford Cliffs doesn't mean that Goldikova will, and he's coming to the Breeders Cup Mile this year.
Amazing...I really hope she gets both this year! Midday is doing pretty awesome as well, would love to see her win at the Breeders' Cup again also.
4 Rothschilds and 4 Breeders' Cup Miles??? What a mare!

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Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read that book so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies. In 2009 I began my own blog called Rail Runner on wordpress and have continued to blog there to this day.

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn't want that, right?  For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2, 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

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