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Goldikova Going to Galileo

In the press conference following Goldikova's defeat in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), trainer Freddy Head indicated that owners Wertheimer et Frere would be sending the mare to Galileo next season. Of course, Goldikova has a group I-winning half sister, Galikova, by that sire, so it would seem a wise choice. As you'll see in the TrueNicks Enhanced Report below, the Galileo/Danzig cross is very strong, thanks mostly to Danehill mares. However, group I winner Lush Lashes is out of a mare bred similarly to Goldikova—by Anabaa out of a Blushing Groom line mare. (View report)


Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf (gr. II) winner Stephanie's Kitten will stay in training, but an interesting future mating could be Distorted Humor (TrueNicks,SRO), who has sired three stakes winners from three starters out of El Prado mares, and El Prado is the sire of Stephanie's Kitten's sire Kitten's Joy (TrueNicks,SRO). (View report)

Distorted Humor-Stephanie's Kitten

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) winner Perfect Shirl has a very interesting pedigree background, being out of Illinois-bred Lady Shirl, who defied humble beginnings to become a top racemare and producer. A possible future mate could be Giant's Causeway (TrueNicks,SRO), who gets 12% stakes winners from starters from Sadler's Wells line mares. (View report)

Giant's Causeway-Perfect Shirl

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Musical Romance was bred by Ocala Stud, who also bred successful sire Montbrook, who in turn sired last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Big Drama. A combination of the two Sprint winners would be the definition of Florida speed, and although the Montbrook/Concorde's Tune cross hasn't been tried too often yet, it is already responsible for grade II winner Amen Hallelujah. (View report)

Big Drama-Musical Romance

Stopshoppingmaria, by More Than Ready (TrueNicks,SRO), was the runner-up in the Juvenile Fillies Turf for owner Mike Repole. She'll also stay in training but might one day be a mare for Repole's Uncle Mo (TrueNicks), who retires to Ashford. Uncle Mo's sire Indian Charlie (TrueNicks,SRO) has a very good strike rate with Halo line mares, and the mating could give Repole yet another top-class runner. (View report)

Uncle Mo-Stopshoppingmaria

Former Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) winner Midday will begin her broodmare career shortly, and she is certainly an easy candidate for the very top stallions in Europe and North America. If she returns to Europe, a potential mate could be Juddmonte's own Dansili. The mating would create a Danzig/Danzig cross—something seen increasingly often in Australia—and Dansili already has three stakes horses from eight starters out of Danzig line mares. (View report)


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galileo is the best turf sire in the world goldikova

is a turf horse the majority the races by the baby will likely be on turf if you want a dirt horse it's giant's causeway otherwise it's galileo

michael 10 Nov 2011 3:20 PM

I believe in the old adage ''Breed The Best To The Best And Hope For The Best'' With Galikova already a proven group 1winner and the promise of more to come next season Goldikova should indeed be sent to Galileo.

John T 10 Nov 2011 8:32 PM

Funnily enough Galileo was somewhat of a flop in Australia.

He sired 4 or 5 crops and achieved 4% SW to runners.  

Statistically his best cross is with Dahehill mares (Frankel etc).  Australia is awash with Danehills;  it is where he first made his mark before belatedly being taken seriously in Europe.  Strange.

Andrew S 11 Nov 2011 12:13 AM

It's tough for a foal live up to the expectations of two such superstar parents, but it would be mind blowing if this one did.  Wishing Goldi the happiest and healthiest of retirements and babies. She is truly a mare who will never be forgotten for her incredible talent and heart.

Nina 11 Nov 2011 6:35 AM

You could breed her to my uncle's mule and I would want to see it. She has been spectacular and I feel she will produce winners just like the Private Account line of fillies and mare

barry aksarben 11 Nov 2011 8:43 AM

Goldie and Galileo: a match made in horse-racing heaven!  But I wholeheartedly agree with what Barry A says above: "You could breed her to my uncle's mule and I would want to see it."

Zen4Zen 11 Nov 2011 2:45 PM

Putting aside the "spin of the genetic wheel", and as could be said for any mating, it's rather doubtful that Galileo is the best mate for Goldikova. Would best use of all our present tools enable us to find her a better mate?

scpetre 13 Nov 2011 10:09 AM

Barry A, if your uncle's mule is able to sire anything I'd like to see it too! lol

I wish Goldikova a long and healthy broodmare career, can't wait to read about her babies!

Taylor 13 Nov 2011 8:49 PM

I recently saw three very disappointing races by Galileo's offspring - two in Australia (as mentioned above) and a 7,500 claimer who ran 4th as the 4to5 choice at a cheap track and caused the trifecta payoff to explode. I didn't like this favorite whatsoever in the post parade.

Today Galileo renewed my faith when his offspring won with authority by at least 4 or 5 lengths in Dubai at 1 and one eighth and was owned by another Al Maktoum family member.

dale 05 Jan 2012 1:38 PM

New Approach was another successful son of Galileo being a

champion at 2 and going on to win the Epsom Derby and the

Irish and English Champion Stakes at 3,the latter in course

record time.To-day at The Curragh he had his first 2 year

old runner,Dawn Approach and after being prominent throughout went on to win the 5 furlong contest in good fashion.New Approach should go on to have many good 2 year

old winners this year.

John T 25 Mar 2012 10:19 PM

Dawn Approach came back to win his second race at Naas last

Wednesday evening in impressive fashion and will now be pointed to one of the 2 year old races at Royal Ascot.

That very consistent American filly Riskaverse who was by the recently deceased Dynaformer was bred to Galileo.She

produced a filly called Pink Damsel,unraced at 2 she made her 3 year old debut at Newmarket to-day over 12 furlongs.

Taking the lead 4 furlongs out she hung on gamely and more

should be heard from her.

John T 18 May 2012 8:33 PM

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