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Three Troikas

Three Troikas
Sire Lyphard
Dam Three Roses
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Dual
Gender Filly
Foaled 1976
Country France
Color Bay
Breeder Artur Pfaff
Owner [Ghislaine Head]. Racing silks: Beige, black sleeves and cap.
Trainer Criquette Head
Record  ?: 7-5-?
Earnings F3,549,000
Summary
Three Troikas is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Three Roses by Lyphard. She was born around 1976 in France, and was bred by Artur Pfaff.
Major wins
Prix Vanteaux (1979)
Prix Vermeille (1979)
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1979)
Prix Saint-Alary (1979)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1979)
Prix d'Harcourt (1980)
Awards
Horse of the Year in France (1979)
European Champion 3-Yr-Old (1979)
Honors
Three Troikas Stakes at Turffontein Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 1, 2006

Three Troikas (born 1976) was a French Thoroughbred Champion Filly racehorse who was owned, trained, and raced by the three members of the famous Head family.

A granddaughter of Northern Dancer, the filly was purchased by Alec Head's Haras du Quesnay from the South African construction magnate, Artur Pfaff. She was raced under wife Ghislaine Head's name, was trained by their daughter Criquette, and ridden by their son Freddy.

Racing as a three-year-old, Three Troikas dominated French racing, beating both male and female horses. She capped off her season with a win against older horses in France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The victory made Criquette Head the first, and still only, woman in history to train an Arc winner. Three Troikas' 1979 performance earned her Horse of the Year honors in France and was rated the Three-Year-Old Champion of Europe.

At age four, Three Troikas had reasonable success, winning the Prix d'Harcourt. Retired to broodmare service, she was the Dam of seven foals of which six raced and four were winners.

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