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Goldikova Wins US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile

Monday, 9th November 2009

Ill-fated former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa (Danzig-Balbonella, by Gay Mecene) added a Gr1 triumph when the Werthheimer family's Irish-bred & French-trained multiple Gr1-winning 4YO mare Goldikova (Anabaa-Born Gold, by Blushing Groom) scored a half-length victory in the US$2 million Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Mile (8 furlongs on turf) at Santa Anita to also claim the race for the 2nd successive year. Favourite Goldikova (ridden by Olivier Peslier for trainer Freddie Head) defeated Courageous Cat (Storm Cat-Tranquility Lake, by Rahy) & Justenuffhumor (Distorted Humor-Justenuffheart, by Broad Brush). Goldikova took her record to 10 wins (also including both August’s French Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois over 1600m at Deauville & G1 Prix Rothschild 1600m at Deauville, plus July's UK Gr1 Falmouth Stakes 8 furlongs at Newmarket, as well as 2008’s G1 Prix Rothschild 1600m at Deauville, Gr1 Prix Du Moulin over 1600m at Longchamp, Gr3 Prix Chloe over 1600m at Maisons-Laffitte & US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita) & 4 placings (including last start’s French Gr1 Prix de la Foret over 1400m at Longchamp in October, plus 2008’s Gr1 Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches-French 1000 Guineas over 1600m at Longchamp & Gr1 Prix de Diane-French Oaks over 2100m at Chantilly) from 15 starts for US$4,087,789 earnings.

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