Danedream, one of only two 3-year-olds in the field, displayed a brilliant turn of foot when she rolled to an impressive five-length victory in the Grosser Preis von Berlin (Ger-I) at Hoppegarten July 24.
The daughter of Lomitas, who captured the classic Oaks D’Italia (Ity-II) earlier this season, provided trainer Peter Schiergen with his fourth victory in the race, which was formerly run as the Deutschland-Preis. Two of Schiergen’s wins came as a jockey, when he piloted Lomitas (1991) and Lando (1995). As a trainer, Schiergen had a previous win with Schiaparelli in 2007.
A field of 10 went to the post in the G.P. von Berlin, with Preis von Europa (Ger-I) winner Scalo being sent off as the favorite. Dandino, one of two British raiders in the race, was sent to the front by jockey Tom Queally soon after the start. They were joined by Godolphin’s Cavalryman, and the pair set a moderate pace on the front end. Danedream was settled into mid-pack by jockey Andreas Starke, with Scalo anchored toward the rear of the field by Maxime Guyon.
Dandino and Cavalryman continued to lead into the back straight, but were then overtaken by Night Magic, who had been tracking them from third. Night Magic was able to open up a slight lead over Dandino, and led the field as they turned for home.
With two furlongs left to run, Night Magic continued to cling to her narrow lead. Dandino was under a hard drive in second, with Danedream moving into third on their outside. With less than a furlong to go, Danedream accelerated and quickly shot past the front runners, drawing away for an easy victory.
Scalo made a belated bid and took the place spot, holding off Superstition by a neck. Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:33.50 over the good turf course.
A delighted Schiergen, who had supplemented Danedream to the race earlier in the week, told reporters after the race, “She was only bought for 9,000 euros and she has given us so much pleasure. Who would have thought that she would win a group I race? We have entered her in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), so that would be her main target at the end of the season.”
Danedream was bred in Germany by Gestut Brummerhof, and races in the colors of Gestut Berg Eberstein. The bay filly is out of the unraced Danehill mare, Danedrop, and hails from the female family of group I winners Plumania, Groom Dancer, and Indian Rose.