Galileo colt for Goldikova

Champion mare Goldikova has delivered her first foal at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

Goldikova (8m Anabaa – Born Gold by Blushing Groom) foaled a Galileo colt on Sunday and she will be bred back to the Coolmore champion.

A homebred for Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, Goldikova won 14 Group 1 events including four editions of the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.  She also claimed the Breeders’ Cup Mile three times between 2008 and 2010 and finished third, beaten a length, in its 2011 running at Churchill Downs.

Her Group 1 roll-call eclipsed the previous benchmark set by Miesque.  Trainer Freddie Head, who rode Miesque and her sire Anabaa during a accomplished career in the saddle, remains in awe of Goldikova.

“She was in a class of her own and could do anything,” Head said.  “What else can you say?”

Goldikova is by former Widden shuttler Anabaa and her dam Born Gold is a sister to the 1993 Coronation Stakes winner Gold Splash.  The family traces back to 1981 Arc de Triomphe winner Gold River.

Champion mare has foaled a colt by Galileo