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Germany waves 'Goodbye and Good Luck' to victorious Danedream‏

Superb, sublime, stupendous; There are simply not enough superlatives for the stunning four year old mare, Danedream, who reinforced her stranglehold on German racing today with a gutsy display of determination in winning the Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sat tracking the pacemaker in third for the majority of the race, Andrasch Starke asked Danedream to deliver her challenge when slingshotting off of the final bend turning for home. Readily pushing past the pacemaker in the straight, her rivals began to queue up behind her, delivering challenge after challenge in a bid to inflict defeat on the 2011 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe winner in her final race on German soil. With Andreas Wohler's three year old Novellist unable to capitalise on his pacemakers efforts, it was down to Ovambo Queen and Pastorius to challenge the four year old daughter of Lomitas down the long Baden-Baden stretch. Ovambo Queen had produced a finishing effort of unfathomable proportions in their prior meet over the Baden-Baden track in May and she, yet again, threw down the toughest of challenges in the final furlong of the Grosser Pries von Baden. With Danedream along the rail as her supporters propelled a wall of sound towards her flickering ears in a big to urge her home in front, Ovambo Queen delivered her challenge alongside Danedream with Pastorius on her wide outside. However, no matter how many times the Hamburg Hansa-Preis and 2012 German Derby rivals attempted to muster a further determined challenge, their efforts would be in vain and only contribute to yet another exciting finish that'll further advertise the enthralling and exciting vision that German racing creates. 

Unbeaten in Germany since October 2010, Danedream now heads to Longchamp to defend her Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe crown on October 7th, a task which looks to reunite her with the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes rivalry that was created in the narrow victory over John Gosden's Nathaniel back in July. The tantalising prospect of a race against the Triple Crown Elect, Camelot, also looks on the cards and many will believe Danedream could be the perfect course in a strongly run Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe to fully test the son of Montjeu's credentials on the eve of his potential retirement. 

A winner of eight races in her seventeen race career thus far, Danedream has taken Europe by storm with victories in four European countries - three of which have seen her victorious at the highest level. Very few will have expected the level of improvement that Danedream has produced since her fifth-placed finish behind Aidan O'Brien's Misty For Me in the 2010 Prix Marcel Boussac, yet she has readily improved at a rate of knots throughout her three year old career and beyond. Victory in the Grosser Preis von Baden for the second successive year proved yet again that this is a mare to be cherished, one that Germany can hold dear and be proud of and one that has the utmost battling qualities to fight off any rival that dare challenge her right to reign victorious.

Today, Germany waved goodbye with a tinge of sadness in their eyes as Danedream competed in her final race in the country, but Germany can also wave goodbye with gratitude such is the sheer advertisement that Danedream has brought for German racing.  

 

          Photo Courtesy of Emma-Louise Kerwin  (Goodtosoft.co.uk)   

 

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For me the ONLY two horses who will battle at the wire because of ther turn of foot is Orfevre, and Danedream with Shareta picking up the pieces for 3rd. two fillies, and a triple Crown winner in my tri.
3 yr old fillies.
@DanMunn1- the British 3 yr olds certainly are not, but there are one or two who could jump up in the fall from France, as they usually do. I'm not sure Nathaniel will be her toughest over 12 furlongs as I feel he is better at 10. But I expect Orfevre and Meandre to be tough if they run their races. And you cannot discount fillies in the Arc. JMO, though.
Orfervre!! But Kudos to the connections! Running there star all over the world in its finest races!!
ILuvTurfRacing, the 3yos are awful - Camelot aside. I think she'll have a great shot at victory again but Nathaniel is her toughest opponent. Orfevre a HUGE danger
LOL, Well, now that dating website ad has been taken down.
That way the hook ups can be more direct.
@buckpasser- you too!
Footy. No problem. Have a nice Labor Day.
@ILuvTurfRacing- I'll be joining you in the crow eating-lol. But I think Orfevre and Meandre are certainly stronger 12 furlong threats than any older male she ran against last year.
@buckpasser-thanks for the info. That's what I thought would happen.
@BrianZipse, she'll be facing a tougher Arc field this year than she did in 2011, IMO. Not so much any tougher among the older horses, but I think the 3yr.old's that are possible for the Arc this year are a better crop top to bottom than the one's who ran in last year's Arc. It's hard to beat a top 3yr.old in the Arc with the weight for age break that they get. I like Danedream, but I frankly think her chances of repeating as an Arc winner this year are very slim to almost none. And I'll certainly be happy to eat a big plate of crow of this filly proves me wrong, LOL.
I read that after the Arc she will try the Japan Cup in November and remain there to begin her Broodmare career at Yoshidas farm
@FloridaF-probably not, as I would assume they would go to the Far East again and tackle the Japan Cup or races in Hong Kong. The Euros do not have to pay to run in those races, but many have to supplement to run in the BC., but Ovambo Queen, the second place filly is considering coming.
Heckuva filly! It would be nice to see her here in the States at the Breeders' Cup. Any possibility of that?
Outstanding ... she's ready for a big shot at becoming a back-to-back Arc winner! · 5 minutes ago