Goldikova, the only horse to win three Breeders' Cup races, will return to race in 2011, trainer Freddie Head confirmed Monday, saying that if all goes well her season will end with a fourth start in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
"Absolutely she will race again," Head said. "She took her race very well."
Goldikova will turn 6 on Jan. 1, but after compiling a record of 15-3-2 from 21 starts in a career that began in September 2007, the mare seems as good as ever. Her BC Mile score Saturday came by 1 3/4 lengths, the largest win margin among her three Mile victories, and Goldikova displayed a breathtaking turn of foot when asked to quicken at the top of the stretch.
Owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer delayed their decision on Goldikova's 2011 status for two days after the Mile, saying immediately following the race that no plans had been made.
"I'm very excited," said Head, who also won two Miles riding the filly Miesque. "She still has the same acceleration, the same desire. She is very happy."
Goldikova was to fly home from Churchill on Monday. As usual, she will be given the winter off, but where Goldikova raced seven times in 2008 and six times each in 2009 and 2010, Head said her campaign would start later next year, meaning Goldikova might make only three or four starts before a return trip to Churchill for the 2011 Mile. "We will point for a summer and fall campaign with the Breeders' Cup at the end," he said.
Goldikova, a homebred by Anabaa out of the Blushi