Tuesday, 1 November 2011
: Champion mare Goldikova will break from stall one in her bid to win a fourth successive Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Photo by Racing and Sports
Freddie Head's star mare faces 12 rivals in her shot at history. She fared much better than her major rival, Richard Hannon's Strong Suit, who needs to overcome barrier 11.
Thierry Blaise, Goldikova's exercise rider for the last three years, said: "We are very happy with her position this time.
"She was drawn on the outer last year but we think this is a better place for her.
“It's a good position for Olivier (Peslier) and should give him more room than if she was on the outside again, and she will have less distance to travel.
"She has travelled across very well.”
Andre Fabre's Byword is in eight with Aidan O'Brien's Zoffany
next to Goldikova in barrier two.
Aiden O'Brien's Australian star So You Think
was handed stall five in the Breeders Cup Classic and it emerged before the draw that he will be running in blinkers.
The favourite Uncle Mo
is in 12.
In Breeders' Cup Turf, traditionally a European stronghold, O'Brien's St Nicholas Abbey
is in gate one, Sarafina in two, Await The Dawn in six, Sea Moon in seven and Sir Henry Cecil's Midday widest of all in nine.
In the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf O'Brien's Wrote will break from stall five, Alan McCabe's Caspar Netscher stall seven and Roger Varian's Farraaj stall four.
McCabe said: "I couldn't have picked it better if I'd done it myself, that's just where we wanted to be, ideal."
O'Brien's pair in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile suffered differing fortunes with Daddy Long Legs out wide in 11 but Crusade in three.
In the Filly And Mare Turf Varian's Nahrain (five) fared much better than O'Brien's Misty For Me in 12.