Updated on 08/18/2012 6:13PM

Arlington Park: I'm a Dreamer just lasts over Marketing Mix in the Beverly D.

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I'm a Dreamer (right) hold off Marketing Mix to win the Beverly D. by a head.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – I’m a Dreamer got a dream run before narrowly holding off a late run from Marketing Mix and made Hayley Turner the first winning female jockey in the 23-year history of the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. on Saturday at Arlington Park.

Giving Europe yet another triumph in the International Festival of Racing, I’m a Dreamer was making her second start outside of the United Kingdom when prevailing by a head. The finish line came just in time for I’m a Dreamer, who was seventh of 10 for much of the 1 3/16-mile trip before moving boldly into contention.

“I can’t believe it,” said Turner. “I always think that when you have a horse with a lot of ability, it makes your job a lot easier.”

Joviality, just off the lead throughout, held well to be third, three-quarters of a length behind Marketing Mix and another 1 3/4 lengths before Kapitale. Aruna, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite, had a nightmare trip when finishing last.

I’m a Dreamer returned $14.60 as fourth choice after finishing in 1:55.29 over a good turf.

Romacaca set the early pace, followed closely by Up. The field began bunching leaving the half-mile pole, and just as Joviality appeared set to take over for them at the furlong pole, I’m a Dreamer came streaking home, with Marketing Mix tracking her, albeit a bit too late.

“She got the jump on us,” said Julien Leparoux, who was aboard Marketing Mix, the 3-1 second choice. “That’s about it. My filly ran a good race, no trouble. We just got beat. It’s always disappointing when you lose.”

Owned by Andrew Stone and trained by David Simcock, I’m a Dreamer, a 5-year-old Irish-bred by Noverre, now has won 5 of 14 lifetime starts. In her lone appearance on this side of the Atlantic, she was on the losing end of a head photo last fall in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine.

Turner, 29, is a regular on the British racing circuit. She had two Group 1 wins to her credit, both last year in England, before taking the Beverly D. on Saturday. She is widely considered to be the first woman jockey to achieve sustained success in her homeland.

Jockey William Buick, riding Joviality, had his whip knocked out of his hand turning for home by Colm O’Donoghue, the rider of Up. Nonetheless, “she ran great,” said Buick. “This is probably her career best. I was very happy with her.”

Aruna, with Ramon Dominguez riding for trainer Graham Motion, stumbled badly at the start in spotting the field several lengths and trailed to the quarter pole, where she steadied sharply behind Kapitale and Mystical Star.

“It went from bad to worse,” said Motion, shaking his head in disbelief.

The European score in the Beverly D. followed those by Jakkalberry in the American St. Leger and Bayrir in the Secretariat before Little Mike salvaged something for the American contingent by taking the Arlington Million.

 

               
 

Perl More than 1 year ago
The best horse didn't win this race.
Justin More than 1 year ago
Hayley is a darling and a very good jock. Congratulations. If only she could move her tack to this side of the Atlantic.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
The girls are rockin' the races! Gotta love it!
Frank Kulcsar More than 1 year ago
,Like I said--Ramon is no better then the restfor -I did give him credit for ride on Little Mike
nicola c More than 1 year ago
well done Hayley great ride, show chantel how u ride when u go abroad unlike the way she rode last week at ascot.
Derek More than 1 year ago
Difference was Nicola that Chantal was riding a few donkeys from Blackpool Beach whereas Hayley was riding a very useful mare! Both great female jockeys.