10/03/2011 4:38PM

Breeders' Cup: Plans undecided for Arc winner Danedream


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By getting so good, so fast, the 3-year-old German filly Danedream might have run herself out of a start in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup.

Danedream’s connections paid $100,000 over the summer to make her eligible for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, a race that had been Danedream’s target until last month. But when Danedream crushed her rivals in the Grosser Preis von Baden on Sept. 4, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and not the Breeders’ Cup, became her immediate focus. And we saw how that turned out Sunday in Paris.

Danedream’s five-length winning margin in the Arc was the largest since Sahkee won by six lengths in 2001, and her winning time of 2:24.49 for about 1 1/2 miles was the fastest Arc ever. And while Danedream remains a possible runner in the Breeders’ Cup, she might not race again in 2011 and also could also be pointed to the Japan Cup, if her connections elect to give Danedream another start this season. Japanese owner Teruya Yoshida bought a half-share in Danedream from owner Gestut Burg-Eberstein days before the Arc.

Danedream’s scintillating performance on a hot day apparently took little out of her.

“She’s come back perfect,” trainer Peter Schiergen said Monday, reached by phone in Germany.

Schiergen, who confirmed that Danedream is scheduled to race again next year, said Danedream had returned to her home base, where she will be monitored with an eye toward near-term plans.

“Maybe she will start once more this year,” Schiergen said. “We will decide in the next week.”

Schiergen said that should Danedream ship for the Breeders’ Cup, she still could run in the Filly and Mare Turf rather than taking on males in the Turf.

As for other Arc horses, plans are uncertain for longshot runner-up Shareta, but her trainer, Alain de Royer-Dupre, said his other Arc mare, Sarafina, who was seventh as one of the Arc favorites, could wind up at Churchill Downs.

“We may run in the Filly and Mare Turf,” de Royer-Dupre said Monday. “She had a bad race, but she looks well.”

Snow Fairy, the Arc third, will return to the Far East for major races later in the year. Fourth-place So You Think could start in an English Champions race Oct. 15 or try dirt in the BC Classic. Fifth-place finisher St. Nicholas Abbey and, perhaps, 14th-place Treasure Beach, also might be considered for the BC Turf now that trainer Aidan O’Brien has lost intended Turf starter Cape Blanco to injury. Galikova, ninth in the Arc, is done for the year. Plans for 12th-place Workforce are uncertain.

Goldikova reportedly emerged from her second-place finish in the Prix de la Foret in good shape and remains on target for a chance at a fourth straight BC Mile victory.

“We know she likes racing in America; the fast ground and the fast pace suits her well,” trainer Freddie Head said. “So let’s hope she can produce her best on what will be her final race.”

Dream Ahead, who edged Goldikova in the Foret, probably will be retired, but is a slight possibility for the Mile.

Nahrain earned an automatic berth in the Filly and Mare Turf winning the Prix de l’Opera, and her trainer, Roger Varian, hasn’t ruled out taking advantage of the Win and You’re In victory. Announce, second by a nose in the Opera, is a likely Filly and Mare Turf runner.

No word on the BC Juvenile Turf status of Darbirsim, who won the Jean-Luc Lagardere, but the John Gosden-trained winner of the Marcel Boussac, Elusive Kate, has been added to the list of possible runners in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Boussac runner-up Fire Lily also is a possible runner there.

– additional reporting by Steve Anderson