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Workforce wins the 2010 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe; Goldikova wins the Foret

LONGCHAMP, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: Ryan Moore riding Workforce (L) wins The Qatar Prix de l'arc de Triomphe from Nakayama Festa (2nd L) at the Hippodrome de Longchamp on October 03, 2010 in Paris, France (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
LONGCHAMP, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: Ryan Moore riding Workforce (L) wins The Qatar Prix de l'arc de Triomphe from Nakayama Festa (2nd L) at the Hippodrome de Longchamp on October 03, 2010 in Paris, France (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Running over a course listed as "very soft", Workforce (GB), the winner of the 2010 Epsom Derby, added another jewel into his crown - a win over nineteen rivals in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, one of the most prestigious races in the world.

In June, Workforce made a mockery of the Epsom Derby field, winning by an easy seven lengths while earning a Racing Post Rating of 128.  His follow-up race in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes was a flop, finishing well behind runaway winner Harbinger.  Workforce was given a bit of time off after that defeat and returned to the track this weekend to win the biggest race of the year.

Japanese invader Nakayama Festa (JPN) ran a huge race to finish second to Workforce.

In the race preceding the Arc, two-time Breeders' Cup Mile champion Goldikova (IRE) won the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in powerful fashion over Paco Boy.  Goldikova generally doesn't run her best over soft going but was much the best in this seven furlong race, a race where she ran on or near the lead for almost the entire time.  

Goldikova will seek her 3rd Breeders' Cup win in a row in one month at Churchill Downs.

I'll have more on all the races from the Arc festival later on. the