11/23/2009 12:00AM

Goldikova to seek three-peat

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Justin N. Lane
Goldikova wins her second straight Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

Goldikova, two-time winner of the , will attempt to become the first horse in history to win three Breeders' Cup races next year as her owners, the Wertheimer brothers, announced Monday that she would remain in training at the age of 5.

A daughter of Anabaa trained by Freddy Head, Goldikova has won five other Group 1 races in France and England in addition to her consecutive triumphs in the Mile: the Prix Rothschild twice, the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, the Prix Jacques le Marois, and the Falmouth Stakes. It is likely that she will be campaigned strictly at a mile in 2010, as her two efforts at other distances this year, the 1 1/8-mile, 55-yard Prix d'Ispahan and the seven-furlong Prix de la Foret, resulted in defeat.

Head has reported from his Chantilly training base that Goldikova has recovered well from her recent BC exertions at Santa Anita and will spend the winter at the Wertheimer stud farm in Normandy. British bookmakers William Hill, picking up on the news that she will run again next year, immediately installed her as its 3-1 favorite to complete her Breeders' Cup Mile triple.

Goldikova's first Mile triumph was a sensational 1 1/4-length score over Kip Deville, in which she electrified the crowd at Sanata Anita with an exhilarating burst of speed, rallying between horses to seal the victory in a matter of strides as the 9-5 favorite. Two weeks ago, she went against the grain on a turf course that was producing winners from on or near the front end. Lagging behind early under Olivier Peslier, she circled the field, coming from more than 10 lengths out of it to collar Courageous Cat late by half a length. Goldikova's second victory was in some ways more impressive than her first, as she had to accelerate a second time in midstretch after running into traffic.

The Mile is the Breeders' Cup race in which repeat victories are most common with four dual winners. The Francois Boutin-trained Miesque, who was ridden by Head, got the ball rolling with wins in 1987 and 1988. Lure followed with a double for trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Mike Smith in 1992 and 1993. And Michael Dickinson trained Da Hoss to victories in 1996 and 1998. Horses trained in France have won 8 of the 26 Miles to date. In 15 career starts, Goldikova has won 10 times for earnings of $4,090,090.