Nov 18, 2010

My Vote for Horse of the Year - Goldikova

Watch her race from this year's Breeder's Cup and tell me she's not a force to be reckoned with.  This five-year old mare is based in France and has placed in the top three in 20 of her 21 career starts.  She may not have the name recognition over here as Rachel Alexandra or Zenyatta, but the mare may be even more impressive.  She's won 8 of those above-mentioned races against the boys.  And she's won a record three Breeder's Cup Miles in a row. 

Most impressively, her handlers are not retiring her after this spectacular win.  She's staying in training as a 6-year old with an eye to winning the BC Mile for the fourth time next year.  If that's not class, I don't know what is.  She's already won the Cartier Horse of the Year Award, the European equivalent of our Eclipse awards.  There's no doubt in my mind that Goldikova should win the HOY award over here as well, but fat chance of that happening with the fans and critics tripping over themselves to throw the love in Zenyatta's direction.  I suppose we'll see soon enough.