The Breeders' Cup three-peat. It has never happened, and only once been
attempted, but if things go as planned, Goldikova, the marvelous French
miler, will try to make history this year. Goldikova starts Sunday at
Longchamp in the Prix de la Foret, and any kind of decent performance
will propel her to Churchill Downs and an attempt to win the Breeders'
Cup Mile for the third year in a row.
Only one horse has ever even had a shot at winning three BC
races in a row, but Lure finished ninth in the 1994 Mile after triumphs
the two previous years. Ouija Board racked up two wins and a second in
three Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf races, but her wins weren't
consecutive, so she didn't have a chance at three straight. Eight other
two-time BC winners didn't return to try for a third victory. Zenyatta,
the other active two-time BC winner, could also three-peat in 2010.
She's expected to try to win the Classic for the second straight year
after winning the 2008 Ladies Classic.
The Goldikova likely to show up in Kentucky will look very much
like the Goldikova seen the last two years in California, trainer
Freddie Head said Wednesday.
"She's the same as last year," said Head. "She's put on a few
kilos, maybe. She's stronger at 5. She's keen. She hasn't lost any
will, and she wants to run. I think she could be a little fitter this
year than last year."