|Breeder||George W. Strawbridge, Jr.|
|Tikkanen is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Reiko by Cozzene. He was born around 1991 in the United States, and was bred by George W. Strawbridge, Jr..|
Breeders' Cup wins:|
Breeders' Cup Turf (1994)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Tikkanen (foaled 1991 in Pennsylvania) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse who competed internationally. He was owned and bred by American George W. Strawbridge, Jr., an avid ice hockey fan and a shareholder and Director of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres who named the foal for the Finnish player, Esa Tikkanen. From a family involved in steeplechase and flat racing, George W. Strawbridge, Jr. maintained racing stables in France and the United States.
Prepared for racing by Chantilly-based trainer Jonathan Pease, Tikkanen raced twice at age two earning a win plus a third-place finish in the Critérium de Saint-Cloud. At age three, he won the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe, then run at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris where he also ran third in the Group 1 Prix Lupin and fourth in the Prix du Jockey Club. In 1994, Tikkanen also competed in Ireland, Italy, and in Germany where he earned his best result with a third place finish in the Group 3 Fürstenberg-Rennen at Baden-Baden.
Sent to the United States in the fall, under jockey Cash Asmussen, who had ridden the colt in France, Tikkanen won the Grade I Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. Despite this important win, in the ensuing Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs he was sent off as a 16-1 longshot. Tikkanen was up against one of the strongest internationl fields in the race's history which included the heavy betting favorite Paradise Creek as well as top runners such as Fraise, Hatoof, Hernando, Volochine, Raintrap plus Celtic Arms who had won that year's Prix du Jockey Club and Prix Lupin and had defeated Tikkanen in both races. Ridden by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, in the homestretch Tikkanen overtook the front-running Paradise Creek and won the 1½ mile race in track record time.
Retired to stud duty, he has stood at Glebe House Stud in Ireland and as of 2007 stands at Wood Farm Stud near Telford, Shropshire in England. To date, his progeny have met with modest success.