Paris is known as a place for lovers. Sunday proved it’s also a place for dreamers.
Paris is home to Longchamp Racecourse where one of the most prestigious horseraces in the world is run: the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, popularly known as the “Arc.”
The Arc was won on Sunday by German filly Danedream. Despite winning the Baden and Berlin Grand Prix in her previous two starts, not much was expected of the three-year-old filly in this premier race as evidenced by her 27-1 odds. The Arc had only been won by a German native one other time, that being in 1975 by Star Appeal. But Danedream not only won the Arc but did so in convincing fashion by setting a new track record with her 2:24.49 romp. Danedream was ridden by jockey Andrasch Starke and trained by former jockey Peter Schiergen. While future plans remain uncertain for Danedream it would seem likely that she would make an appearance at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, for the 2011 Breeder’s Cup.
Danedream wasn’t the only dreamer in Paris on Sunday. Dream Ahead took the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp by beating favorite Goldikova and also breaking a 16-year track record with a 1:18.10 run. Goldikova was hoping for a fifteenth Group 1 win and a shot at an unprecedented fourth straight Breeder’s Cup Mile before being edged by Dream Ahead. The win marked Dream Ahead’s third Group 1 victory this year but will likely be the end of the line for the colt. Owner Khalifa bin Dasmal has since stated that he will likely retire the colt although there is a chance of a Breeder’s Cup appearance in November.