After butting heads with some of Europe’s top older females, I’m A Dreamer found the reality of American racing much more to her liking on
Saturday at Arlington Park, winning the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D.
Stakes by a head over Marketing Mix.
I’m A Dreamer entered the Beverly D. on a seven-race losing streak,
but had run well against Group I company. With Hayley Turner coming in
to ride the 5-year-old Irish-bred Noverre mare, I’m A Dreamer sat
seventh early before making her move at the top of the stretch, making
up 4 ¼ lengths in the final quarter mile to win the prestigious event.
was a long stretch, but it isn’t really—it just felt like it,” said
David Simcock, who trains for Andrew Stone. “She quickened up when that
closer [Marketing Mix] was coming.”
Romacaca set the pace with Up
flanking her through fractions of 23.67 seconds, 48.80 seconds, and
1:12.54 before Up took over on the far turn through a mile in 1:37.32.
That is when the closers began their run, though, and I’m a Dreamer got
the jump on Marketing Mix.
“She ran great,” Julian Leparoux said
of his trip aboard Marketing Mix. “She’s a nice filly. She was running
at the end, but maybe the winner got the jump on us. I was where I
wanted to be.”
I’m A Dreamer has now won five of 14 races and has
earned $772,731 lifetime. This was the first International Festival of
Racing win for her connections.
“I can’t believe it,” jockey
Hayley Turner said. “Thanks to David Simcock and his team because I
haven’t had a lot to do with this filly. I always think that when you
have a horse with a lot of ability, it makes your job a lot easier. Well
I thought she had a good chance. She had a good attitude before the
race. I think she seems to sparkle well when she’s [in North America].”
horses completed four of the top six placings with Joviality running
evenly paced to be third. Kapitale closed stoutly to finish fourth while
Up faded to sixth.
Among the unplaced American runners,
Upperline ran fifth, while Romacaca (7th), Mystical Star (8th), Stars to
Shine (9th) and post-time favorite Aruna (10th) completed the order of
“She just stumbled,” said Aruna’s jockey Ramon Dominguez,
who won the Arlington Million some 45 minutes later aboard Little
Mike. “I don’t know what happened there and then we were last the whole
I’m A Dreamer paid $14.60, $7.40 and $4.40. Marketing Mix returned $4.60 and $3.40. Joviality paid $5.