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Most of us will think back very fondly to the superb filly Goldikova, the winner of consecutive BC Miles, when we think of her trainer, Freddy Head. He has announced his retirement at 75.
As this article points out, however, Head is one of the most accomplished horsemen in a hugely accomplished family of horsemen. His sister, Criquette's name, for example, should ring a bell as another great.
That is a good read Steve, That family put out a lot of free squares in the picks plays
Goldikova was my favorite, I forget the name of the one his sister trained that I liked a lot.
What i got out of that article was 75 years old set in stone to retire at that age. Who else does that !!
His sister, Criquette, had Treve who won 2 Arcs. A fabulous mare. Cartier Horse Of The Year at 3.
Freddy started at 16. So he put in 59 years. He can retire, right? LOL.
Goldikova won 3 BC Miles, each with a different running style. She was stupendous. When she was really motoring and turning over her stride, her whole body went down like a big cat running.
She was a monster horse. Always ran her race.
Without a doubt. Only out of the money once. Record, 27: 17–6–3
Here's a 2 minute clip with highlights of her winning the 3 consecutive BC Miles. Could have done without the sappy music.
Nice! I just turned off the sound :)
After a couple of bars, so did I.
SameSteve G said...His sister, Criquette's name, for example, should ring a bell as another great.
Let's not forget that Freddie Head also rode as a jockey Miesque (Nureyev) when she won the Prix d'lspahan over there, and then for both her BC Mile wins here in the U.S.. ('87 and '88)......who as a Broodmare produced Kingmambo!!! A great jockey becomes a great trainer, amazing really. His wins a a jockey are quite numerous compared to his training record. I can't say I am familiar w/most of the horses he trained other than Goldi.
I have quoted sister Criquette many times, from Water Hay Oats, you may remember in her conversation there about not drugging her horses: "It just requires good horsemanship".
I had suggested sarcastically, that she, her brother, and others fly over here and give our horsemen a few seminars. :) Because it sure looks like U.S. trainers can't train w/out their hypodermic needles in too many cases.
Criquette is retired as well. She won the Arc 3x. But Freddie won it 4x (as a jockey).
SameSteve G said...His sister, Criquette, had Treve who won 2 Arcs.
I looked more up. I love looking at the pedigrees, and this truly royal "racing family" the Heads.
Treve won 2 Arcs. I did not know that she was planned to be sold in an auction but nobody bid, so she was repurchased by her breeder after her career was over?
Criquette's other horse, Three Troikas, won the Arc 1x. Northern Dancer's grandaughter. Owned by her dad, raced in his wife's colors, trained by his daughter Criquette and ridden by Freddie Head! (I find that amazing) Guess having Lyphard as your sire helps some. Ped query has Lyphard down as the 2nd longest lived Stallion behind Bargain Day (euthanized at 36). So many champion sire and BMS champion titles for that one.
And her other one, Bering, also bred and owned by her dad, Alec, ran 2nd in the Arc to Dancing Brave. Timeform gave him a 136. BMS also Lyphard.
With Freddie's retirement, its like the end of a great era.
There are few racing families in the US now, owners are people like who made fast money in energy drinks and seem to want more fast money in horse racing as well.