Goldikova Makes It Three

Superstar mare Goldikova has claimed success for the third time in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Goldikova

Goldikova

Jockey Olivier Peslier guided Goldikova to victory as she poured on the power outclassing her rivals with a brilliant display of speed down the straight.

Sent of as race favourite from gate 10 of 11, the Freddy Head trained charge had a good start with Peslier settling her in mid field on the outside.

Going into the turn for home Peslier had her five wide and challenging front runner Sidney's Candy, overtaking and surging clear to lead with 160 yards to go.

Although making up ground for a good finish, Gio Ponti couldn't catch Goldikova and was a length and three quarters in arrears at the line, with The Usual Q. T. just a neck further behind in third place.

Both Delegator and Beethoven faded off in the home straight and had no impact on the race.

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Winning trainer Freddie Head heaped praises on his charge saying, "Winning for the the third time at Churchill Downs after winning the same race on Miesque, it is something unreal.

"In the worst soap opera you can't imagine anything like this, I must be a very lucky person.

"She has everything you can imagine a horse to have. She is a tremendous athlete, very cool, and has a burst of speed that she can carry on for a long time.

"As long as she has a strong pace you can do what you like with her, and there is always another gear that makes her finish faster than the others. It's unreal, we still don't know how good this filly is, she's extraordinary, I just don't have the words."

Peslier said, "Right now she's the best filly in the world. I can't put into words what it means to ride a filly like that.

"She started slowly, but in the straight I was coming very quickly and she showed a very good turn of foot."

Paco Boy with Ryan Moore aboard took fourth place after a fast finishing burst and the jockey commented of Paco Boy's final race, "He got on to a lovely stride and I was very happy, but he was feeling the ground coming round the bend and it was just too quick for him. That sharp bend caught him out, but he ran a hell of a race."

Frankie Dettori said of Delegator, "I was going quite well, but I don't think he quite gets the mile."

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