Goldikova dead at 16: All-time great racehorse and three-time Breeders Cup' Mile winner passes away

Goldikova dead at 16: All-time great racehorse and three-time Breeders Cup' Mile winner passes away

January 6, 2021

LEGENDARY racehorse Goldikova has died at the age of 16.

The three-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner and all-time great's passing was confirmed by the manager of the Wertheimer stable in France this morning.

Goldikova won 14 Group 1 races and she triumphed in three successive Mile races in the showpiece American meet from 2008.

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She also won the 2010 Queen Anne at Royal Ascot – the same year she was crowned European Horse of the Year -and in 2009 claimed the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville by six lengths.

Goldikova won more than £5.2million prize money in her glittering career.

Her turn of foot was likened to being in an F1 car and she will go down as one of this century's top horses.

Goldikova was bred by billionaire Chanel owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and retired from racing in June 2011.

That came after a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile, the race she had previously made her own.

Fans expressed their shock and grief at the US Racing Hall of Fame star's passing online.

One person tweeted: "Heartbreaking to hear that Goldikova has left us so young – she was only 16.

"We were lucky she was campaigned so aggressively. Condolences to connections. May her daughters continue her legacy. RIP beautiful mare."

Another wrote: "You're unforgettable. RIP Goldikova."

A fellow user posted: "This is awful news. Goldikova brought us tremendous thrills and left us with memories that will last a lifetime."

Her former jockey Olivier Peslier told the Racing Post: "She was a great international champion and it is a great credit to the Wertheimers that they were sporting enough to keep her in training for so long.

"Alongside the Breeders' Cups, those wins at Royal Ascot and in the Marois stand out to me.

"At Deauville she just took off and her acceleration made me feel like an F1 or Moto GP guy. For a moment I was Valentino Rossi when I rode her."

Jour de Galop confirmed Goldikova's death.

They posted on social media: "Goodbye champion. The terrible news was announced to us just now by Pierre-Yves Bureau, on behalf of the Wertheimer stables. Champion Goldikova is gone."

Goldikova raced finished out of the places only once in 24 races, winning 15 times.

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