10/10/2011 1:22PM

Arc de Triomphe winner not going to Breeders' Cup


The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Danedream, will not travel to the United States for Breeders’ Cup start, her connections have decided.

“We are not sure if she is going to race this year any more, but if she is going to race, she is going to Japan,” Gisela Schiergen, wife of trainer Peter Schiergen and an active participant in Schiergen’s racing operation, said Monday.

Gisela Schiergen confirmed that Danedream had been an intended runner in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf through late summer, but her sharply improving form encouraged her connections to aim for the Arc instead. Danedream won the Arc by five lengths – the largest winning margin since 2001 – and recorded a record-setting time over a fast-playing course. She still was being considered for the BC Turf or Filly and Mare Turf until recent days, when connections decided to pass on a transatlantic trip.

If Danedream races again this year, it will be in the Japan Cup. Japanese owner Teruya Yoshida purchased a half-share in Danedream, a 3-year-old German-bred filly, just days before she was supplemented to the Arc for about $137,000.