MAKE ROOM FOR GOLDIKOVA?

A little bit lost in all the hub-bub about Zenyatta’s quest for 20-0 is the attempt by Goldikova (IRE) to make some history of her own by winning her third straight Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“She needs a good run and some luck,” conceded trainer Freddie Head, after supervising the 11-time Group One winner on the track from the back of a pony. “It’s a tricky track with short turns, but I am very happy with her.”

Goldikova has won 14 of her 20 starts and will again be ridden by Olivier Peslier. He will have to overcome an unfavorable post breaking from the 10-stall in the 11-horse field.

Head, who won this race twice on board Miesque in 1987 and 1988 added, “I would have liked more of an inside draw but she won from the outside last year (at Santa Anita) so we’ll manage. I would like a good pace because the faster the better with her.”

Head seem delighted with his mare whom he says never seems to tire of training or racing. He believes she is coming into the race in better form this year than last when she lost her prep race in France.

“Everything is going well. It’s like it is too good to be true,” Head said.

”There is a lot of emotion coming back to Churchill Downs, 22 years after Miesque. It’s a bit unreal.”

That said, Sports Illustrated has a photo gallery dedicated to the best American female racehorses of all time. The list goes like this: 10. Ta Wee; 9. Rags To Riches; 8. Winning Colors; 7. Genuine Risk; 6. Lady’s Secret; 5. Rachel Alexandra; 4. Azeri; 3. Personal Ensign; 2. Ruffian and 1. Zenyatta.

Win or lose on Saturday, Goldikova belongs on that list somewhere even if she only races three times in the U.S.

To see the SI Photo Gallery, click here.