Goldikova

Castellano, Espinoza, Gomez, Goldikova elected to Racing Hall of Fame

Justin N. Lane
The mare Goldikova beat males three times in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

There will be a celebration of two riding careers still gloriously active, mixed with the sad reminder of a great who recently died, at this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

Current jockeys Javier Castellano and Victor Espinoza, the late jockey Garrett Gomez, and three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova have been elected into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the organization announced Monday.

Hall of Fame ballot includes Castellano, Albarado, Casse, Shirreffs, Goldikova

Barbara D. Livingston
Goldikova, the only three-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile, is newly eligible for Hall of Fame induction.

Jockeys Javier Castellano and Robby Albarado and trainers Mark Casse and John Shirreffs will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Lone Star allowance pits stakes winners against siblings of star runners

Lone Star Park will field arguably its most interesting allowance race of the meet Thursday night, when stakes winners Heavenville and Polka Joke take on siblings to Goldikova, Student Council, and Wasted Tears at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The race is expected to produce starters for upcoming stakes at Louisiana Downs and Remington Park.

Lone Star’s program Thursday will have a special twilight first post of 5 p.m. Central to accommodate a fireworks display following the races. The allowance goes as the seventh race.

Champion Goldikova produces first foal, a colt by Galileo

Barbara D. Livingston
Champion Goldikova produced her first foal on Feb. 3, a colt by Coolmore stallion Galileo.

Goldikova, a champion on two continents who won an unprecedented three consecutive editions of the Breeders' Cup Mile, gave birth to her first foal on Sunday, Feb. 3, a colt by leading international sire Galileo.

The colt was born at Coolmore Stud in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Breeders' Cup: Aside from O'Brien, Europeans mostly struggled

Tom Keyser
The standout mare Goldikova had to settle for third in her bid for a fourth straight win in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

There is something to be said for strength in numbers.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien sent 11 horses -- eight more than any other European horseman –  to Churchill Downs for the 2011 Breeders’ Cup and was the only overseas trainer to get his picture taken this weekend.

Goldikova and her legacy

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Court Vision denies Goldikova her fourth Breeders' Cup Mile

Barbara D. Livingston
Court Vision (center), with Robby Albarado up, edges Turallure (left) in the BC Mile. Goldikova (right), going for a fourth straight Mile win, finished third.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Court Vision, the second-most unlikely winner in Breeders' Cup history, won a desperate photo finish with Turallure in the Breeders' Cup Mile and sent Mile legend Goldikova into retirement with her first Breeders' Cup loss.

Crist & Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup Mile preview

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Hovdey: Breeders' Cup training tales to be savored

Barbara D. Livingston
A fourth straight victory by Goldikova in the Breeders’ Cup Mile could steal the show on Saturday.

If Uncle Mo wins the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday it will be:

1. The greatest training feat in the history of the Breeders’ Cup.

2. The greatest training feat in the history of mankind.

3. The second-greatest training feat on Saturday afternoon.

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