Danedream Dominates Rivals in G.P. Von Baden
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 9/4/2011 1:01:17 PM
Last Updated: 9/5/2011 2:57:46 PM
The filly Danedream turned in yet another powerful performance when she stormed home to win the $355,015 Longines Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I) by six lengths at Baden-Baden Sept. 4.
The 3-year-old daughter of Lomitas, who captured the Grosser Preis von Berlin (Ger-I) in July, provided trainer Peter Schiergen with his seventh win in the race. Two of Schiergen’s victories came as a jockey, with Lomitas (1991) and Lando (1994). As a trainer, Schiergen has now won the race five times.
A field of six went to the post in the von Baden, with Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) winner Waldpark sent off as the slight favorite. In addition to Waldpark and Danedream, there were two other group I winners in the field, Night Magic and Joshua Tree.
Night Magic, a 5-year-old mare by Sholokhov, captured this race last year and was making the final start of her career. Joshua Tree won the 2010 Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) when trained by Aidan O’Brien. The son of Montjeu was sold to Qatar-based interests and transferred to his new connections shortly after the International. He has since taken up residence with the Newmarket-based string of Marco Botti, and was making his second start for the trainer.
In a race that was run in a torrential downpour, Night Magic broke sharply and went straight to the lead with a strong gallop under jockey Karoly Kerekes. They were followed by Danedream in second, with Silvaner tracking them from third. William Buick had Joshua Tree settled into fourth during the early stages as Maria Royal and Waldpark brought up the rear.
Night Magic continued to have things her own way on the front end, opening up a three-length lead as she led the field throughout the first mile. As the field entered the home straight, jockey Andrasch Starke moved Danedream over to the stands side rail in hopes of finding more suitable ground. The difference was almost immediate, as Danedream shot past Night Magic and opened up a four-length lead.
The rest of the field never recovered and were left toiling in her wake. Danedream crossed the wire six lengths in front. Night Magic easily held the second spot, finishing seven lengths in front of third-place Joshua Tree. Waldpark was never a factor and finished a disappointing sixth.
Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:37.52 over very soft going.
The victory improved Danedream’s record to four wins from 11 starts. Trainer Schiergen indicated that the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) is still an end-of-season goal.
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.
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