Leading French stallion Anabaa, the sire of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Goldikova, died following colic surgery in Normandy on Tuesday.\nA 17-year-old son of Danzig out of Group 2 winner Balbonella, Anabaa contracted acute peritonitis after the operation.\nBred in Kentucky by the late Maktoum Al Maktoum, Anabaa was named champion European sprinter in 1996. He led the list of 2-year-old sires in France in 2000 and has been in the top 10 sires in France every year since then, getting top-class winners at all distances. He is the sire of 1 1/2-mile French Derby winner Anabaa Blue, 1 1/4-mile Prix d'Harcourt winner Loup Breton, one-mile Prix Jean Prat winner Rouvres, one-mile Prix Marcel Boussac winner Amonita, as well as Martillo, a six-time Group 2 winner at a mile.\nIn Australia, Anabaa is the sire of champion sprinter Yell and Australian Derby winner Headhunter. A half-brother to French 1000 Guineas winner Always Loyal, he stood the 2007 season at Castelton Lyons Stud in Kentucky, with the resulting foals now yearlings.\nOn Wednesday, a day after his death, Goldikova paid tribute to her sire by winning Newmarket's Group 1 Falmouth Stakes. Anabaa was ridden in all six of his career stakes victories by Goldikova's trainer, Freddie Head.