Freddy Head

Breeders’ Cup Scratches: Mile Favorite Polydream Is Out, Despite Trainer’s Objections

The Churchill Downs racing office posted a total of four scratches from Friday and Saturday Breeders’ Cup cards. Most notably, Polydream (IRE), morning line favorite for the Mile, is out. Five-time Breeders’ Cup winner Freddy Head, the only individual to win a Breeders’ Cup race as both a jockey and a trainer, was particularly frustrated […]

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Champion Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek To Retire

Multiple classic-winning trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, whose career has spanned over 40 years, has announced her decision to retire from training. Head-Maarek will bring the curtain down on her illustrious career Feb. 1, when she saddles her last runners. Head-Maarek, 69, made the announcement Sunday, telling reporters, “I was going to announce it at the end […]

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Goldi’s Girl: Daughter Of Goldikova Defeats Treve’s Sister In G3 Prix Cleopatre

Terrakova remained perfect in two starts when she rallied from just off the pace to win the G3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud May 23. The race marked the stakes debut for the beautifully-bred 3-year-old filly, who is by Galileo out of three-time G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Goldikova. One of Terrakova’s rivals in the 10-furlong […]

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Five-Time Group 1 Winner Solow Retired From Racing

The Wertheimer brothers’ Solow, who flashed his brilliance in 2015 when he captured five Group 1 stakes, has been retired from racing. Sporting Life reports that the 7-year-old gelding by Singspiel had never quite recovered since suffering a leg injury in the spring of last year. While he missed the entire 2016 season, it had been […]

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Multiple Group 1 Winner Solow Back In Training, Targeting Royal Ascot Return

Solow is back in light training ahead of a possible bid to reclaim his Queen Anne Stakes crown – but will not run on Meydan’s Dubai World Cup night at the end of next month. The Freddy Head-trained grey won at Meydan two years ago en route to recording three memorable triumphs in the QIPCO […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Head-Maarek Relishes Simplicity, Family History

Morning broke quietly at Chantilly two days before the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. At trainer Criquette Head-Maarek’s yard at the Les Aigles section of the facility, there was nothing but the sound of a distant crow, a jaunty tune whistled by an exercise rider, and Head-Maarek’s occasional, calm instruction, switching between English […]

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More Than Just ‘Luck’: Half Sister To Champion Goldikova Breaks Maiden In Career Debut

Two-year-old filly Gold Luck has long way to go before she matches the accomplishments of her older half-sister Goldikova, but she got her career off on the right foot with a when she captured a one-mile maiden race at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday. Gold Luck is the fifteenth foal produced from the Blushing Groom mare, Born Gold. […]

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UPDATED: Injury Knocks Solow Out Of Dubai Turf

Multiple Group 1 winner Solow has been ruled out of the defense of his G1 Dubai Turf title after failing to recover sufficiently from an injury sustained during a gallop in Chantilly on Wednesday. The Racing Post reports that trainer Freddy Head feels that even though the injury is minor, with the gelding due to ship to Dubai Friday, he didn’t want […]

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Solow Returns A Winner In Prix Montjeu At Chantilly

Solow overcame a troubled trip to win the Prix Montjeu by 1 1/2 lengths at Chantilly Thursday. The one-mile conditions race marked the seasonal debut for the 6-year-old gelding by Singspiel, who won this race last year before going on to capture the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan. Solow now has won ten straight races, and improved […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Milestones: ‘Queen’ Goldikova

Goldikova was perhaps not the most likely-looking of Breeders’ Cup legends–a diminutive mare with a plain head and often sour expression—but she remains the only horse to win three Breeders’ Cup races. The daughter of Anabaa has a well-earned place in history after taking home the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Besides […]

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