Gold River (horse)

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Gold River
Sire Riverman
Grandsire Never Bend
Dam Glaneuse
Damsire Snob
Sex Filly
Foaled 1977
Country France
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Jacques Wertheimer
Owner Jacques Wertheimer
Trainer Alec Head
Record 14: 7-2-3
Earnings $678,467
Major wins
Prix Royal-Oak (1980)
Prix de Pomone (1980)
Prix Jean Prat (1981)
Prix du Cadran (1981)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1981)
Last updated on February 11, 2007

Gold River (1977–1986) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


Gold River was owned and bred by Jacques Wertheimer, the president of the French perfumery, Chanel. Gold River was sired by Riverman.

Racing career[edit]

Gold River's first Group One win came in the 1980 Prix Royal-Oak. The following year she finished third in the Royal-Oak but won the Prix Jean Prat and the Prix du Cadran. In the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Gold River was ridden to victory by jockey Gary W. Moore. In her Arc win, Gold River defeated Bikala and the American-bred filly, April Run.

Breeding record[edit]

Following her retirement from racing, Gold River served as a broodmare at Hagyard Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where her offspring included Riviere d'Or, a multiple stakes winner in France including the Group One Prix Saint-Alary.

Gold River died in 1986 and is buried in Hagyard Farm's equine cemetery.