Breeders' Cup 2011 Results: After Loss to Longshot, Was Goldikova Overrated?

Dan TylickiAnalyst INovember 5, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03:  Goldikova, trained by Freddy Head, on the track during the morning exercise session in preparation for the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on November 3, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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It's one thing when a horse at 30-1 or 40-1 odds makes a shocking win. It's a great story and a great payout. For a horse at 65-1 odds to beat a horse at nearly even odds, however, is entirely shocking.

Goldikova was looking for a fourth straight mile win before her retirement, and for most of the race looked good. However, she struggled a bit down the stretch, and ended up finishing third.

The winner of the race was Court Vision, whose odds were so great that a bet for him meant one of the biggest payouts in Breeders' Cup history. As a result, one has to wonder if Goldikova was in fact overrated all this time, to be beaten by such a longshot.

The answer is, of course, rather obvious. Goldikova has nothing to be ashamed of in her run. She had three straight wins, and while she will not retire a winner of a fourth straight mile race, she still had a great career.

The outcome of the race means more for Court Vision, who is likely done as a racehorse as well given that he a 6-year-old. He had a great race, was able to push through with just enough speed and looked good in getting the win.

As for Goldikova, she had a great career. Any horse who has 17 wins deserves to be revered, and even though the horse did not perform too many times on the world stage, she was great when she was there.

It may not have been the way anyone wanted the race to end, but Goldikova still had a great career, and while the odds may have been a bit low, there was nothing wrong with that given that the horse had three straight wins.