11/03/2009 12:00AM

After BC Mile, Goldikova may be back at 5

Barbara D. Livingston
Goldikova is weighed and photographed after her arrival from Europe. Her handlers' jumpsuits meet requirements for the quarantine area at Santa Anita.

The $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile may not be Goldikova's final appearance in the United States.

Trainer Freddie Head said Tuesday that owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer are strongly considering a 2010 campaign for Goldikova, who will attempt to win the Mile for the second consecutive year on Saturday.

"There could be a next year, but I don't want to talk about it yet," Head said. "I know Alain and Gerard have thought about it. They wouldn't mind racing her at 5, if she's well."

Bred by the Wertheimers, Goldikova has won 9 of 14 starts and has had a strong season. She won three consecutive Group 1 races in England and France in July and August, but finished third, beaten a half-length, at 2-5 in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in France on Oct. 3.

Head said that she was too close to a fast pace in the seven-furlong Prix de la Foret.

"The jockey thought there was no match for her," Head said. "She went very fast."

Despite the loss, Goldikova will be favored in the Mile, seeking the eighth stakes win of her career.

For Head, winning Saturday's race again would be especially poignant. He was the regular rider of Miesque, who won the 1987 and 1988 Breeders' Cup Miles, and is the only female to win the race twice.