Of the 14 Breeders' Cup races, the biggest favorite is likely to be in the Mile, where Goldikova
goes for her unprecedented third consecutive victory on the Churchill
Downs turf. The 5-year-old mare tuned up for her title defense with an
impressive half-length victory over soft turf in the Prix de la Foret
on Oct. 3, proving she has not lost a step.
When she won at Santa Anita a year ago, Goldokiva was the 7-5
favorite. She is likely to be every bit of that, or lower, this time
around, and deservedly so. Currently, she is listed at about 6-5 in the
British books. She is also likely to be a single on many pick 4 and
pick 6 tickets. In my opinion, only Midday in the BC Filly & Mare
Turf could be a bigger favorite than Goldikova at Churchill, and that's
because the field is not shaping up to be that strong.
There is no denying Goldikova's brilliance. She is an 11-time
group/grade I winner, has earned more than $5 million, and has beaten
the world's top milers everywhere Freddie Head has taken her--France,
England, and the United States. While defeating males here is major
news, with Goldikova it's the norm. Simply put, she is one of the best
we've ever seen.