ARCADIA, Calif. -- Goldikova burst through a hole along the rail to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile by 1¼ lengths at Santa Anita.
The Ireland-bred filly's fourth consecutive victory gave Europe its second win at the season-ending championships Saturday.
Ridden by Olivier Peslier, Goldikova ran the distance on the turf in 1:33.40 and paid $5.60, $4 and $2.80 as the 9-5 wagering favorite, ending the string of long-shot upsets that began the day.
Kip Deville, the defending champion trained by Rick Dutrow who lost for the first time in five starts on Santa Anita's turf course, returned $4.80 and $3.40.
Whatsthescript, also bred in Ireland, was another 2½ lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show.