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Danedream wins the 2011 Arc for Germany.jpg
Danedream with Andrasch Starke winning the 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Sire Lomitas
Grandsire Niniski
Dam Danedrop
Damsire Danehill
Sex Mare
Foaled 7 May 2008[1]
Country Germany
Colour Bay
Breeder Gestüt Brümmerhof
Owner Gestüt Burg Eberstein & Teruya Yoshida
Trainer Peter Schiergen
Record 16: 7-0-4[2]
Earnings EUR 2.870.310 (2. Oct 2011)
£3,094,725 (22 July 2012)
Major wins
Oaks d'Italia (2011)
Grosser Preis von Berlin (2011)
Grosser Preis von Baden (2011, 2012)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2011)
Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen (2012)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2012)
European Champion Three-year-old Filly (2011)
German Horse of the Year (2011, 2012)

Danedream (foaled 7 May 2008) is a German Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in race record time.[3] She is one of only two German trained horses to win the Arc, the other being Star Appeal in 1975. In November 2011 she became the first German-trained horse to win a Cartier Racing Award.[4]

Danedream won only one of her first seven races before gaining her first important win in the Oaks d'Italia. In the second half of 2011, she showed dramatic improvement, winning the Grosser Preis von Berlin by five lengths and the Grosser Preis von Baden by six before easily beating an international field by five lengths in the Arc. In 2012, Danedream ran poorly in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but then became the first German-trained horse to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, beating an international field at Ascot.


Danedream was sired by the German Horse of the Year Lomitas out of the unraced Danehill mare Danedrop. Lomitas sired the winners of more than two hundred races, the most notable, before the arrival of Danedream, being the Arlington Million winner Silvano.[5] Danedrop was a granddaughter of Lady Berry[6] who won the Prix Royal-Oak and produced several good winners including Vert Amande (Prix Ganay) and Indian Rose (Prix Vermeille).

Danedream was consigned by her breeders, Gestut Brummerhof as a two-year-old in June 2010 to Baden-Baden Spring Horses in Training Sale. She was sold for €9,000 with the buyer recorded as BBA Germany.[7]

Racing career[edit]

2010: two-year-old season[edit]

Danedream made her first appearance in June 2010, when she won a minor race at Wissembourg by two and a half lengths.[8] She was moved up to Listed class a month later to finish third in the Oppenheim-Rennen at Köln. Sent to France for a race at Deauville she finished first, but was disqualified and placed third.[9] In October she returned to France for the Group One Criterium des Pouliches at Longchamp. She started a 33/1 outsider and finished sixth of the eight runners behind Misty For Me. Later in the same month she finished third in the Preis der Winterkonigin on her final start of the year.

2011: three-year-old season[edit]

Danedream prior to winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

On her three-year-old debut, Danedream was sent to Milan for the Listed Premio Seregno over 1600m. She looked outpaced in the straight before staying on to finish fourth. On her next start, Danedream was moved up in distance to 2300m and gave the first indication of her true ability when running third against colts in the Derby Italiano in Rome.

Three weeks later in Milan she recorded her first important victory in the Group Two Oaks d'Italia, taking the lead 400m from the finish and pulling away from her opponents to win by six and a half lengths.[10] Disappointment followed at Saint-Cloud a month later, when she finished only fifth to Testosterone in a blanket finish to the Prix de Malleret.

Danedream returned to Germany for her next start and produced by far her best performance to date in the Grosser Preis von Berlin. After being held up early in the race she was sent into the lead by Andrasch Starke 300m out and drew clear to win by five lengths from the 2010 German Horse of the Year Scalo, with the 2009 German Horse of the Year Night Magic in fourth.[11] In September she confirmed her status as Germany's best racehorse by beating Night Magic by seven lengths in the Grosser Preis von Baden. The Canadian International Stakes winner Joshua Tree was a further six lengths back in third and the Deutsches Derby winner Waldpark finished last of the six runners.[12]

Despite two emphatic wins at Group One level she was not regarded as a major contender for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and started 20/1 outsider in the sixteen runner field. Starke settled the filly in the middle of the field before making his challenge in the straight. Danedream moved strongly through to take the lead from St Nicholas Abbey and Shareta 200m from the finish and was never in any danger of defeat, pulling away to win easily by five lengths from Shareta, with Snow Fairy third and New Zealand-bred champion So You Think fourth.[13] Her winning time of 2:24.49 broke the course record set in 1997 by Peintre Celebre.

On 27 November Danedream started 2.3/1 favourite for the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse, despite being drawn wide in stall 13. She was held up towards the rear of the field as the American entry Mission Approved set a steady pace. At the turn into the straight, Starke switched his filly to the wide outside and Danedream began to make progress. She was never able to reach the leaders however, and finished sixth of the sixteen runners behind the five-year-old mare Buena Vista, beaten three and a half lengths.[14] Schiergen felt that the filly had taken too much out of herself in the early stages as a result of her wide draw position.[15]

In March 2012, Danedream was elected German Horse of the Year, receiving 90% of the public vote.[16]

2012: four-year-old season[edit]

Danedream made her first appearance of the season in the Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen at Baden-Baden on 20 May. Starting at odds of 2/5, she tracked the leaders before moving to the front 200m from the finish and winning by three quarters of a length from Ovambo Queen.[17] On 24 June, Danedream started odd-on favourite for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but after briefly taking the lead, she was overtaken in the straight and finished last of the four runners behind Meandre.

On July 21, Danedream was sent to contest Britain's most prestigious all-aged race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. The field of ten included the Group One winners St Nicholas Abbey, Dunaden, Masked Marvel, Nathaniel, Deep Brillante and Reliable Man. Starke tracked the leaders before making his challenge in the straight. In an extremely close finish, Danedream caught Nathaniel in the last stride to win by a nose. She became the first German horse to win the race and the first filly to win both the Arc and the King George.

Danedream returned to Germany for her second Grosser Preis von Baden in September, in which her main rivals appeared to be the three-year-old colts Pastorius and Novellist who had finished first and second in the Deutsches Derby. Reportedly unsuited by the slow early pace, Danedream took the lead in the straight and held the persistent challenge of Ovambo Queen to win by half a length, with Pastorius the same distance away in third. A week before Danedream was scheduled to run in her second Arc a horse at the Cologne training centre tested positive for equine infectious anaemia. Although Danedream was not affected by the disease, she was banned from traveling as all 300 horses at the centre were placed in quarantine by the German agriculture department.[18]


In December it was announced that Danedream had been retired from racing, and would be bred to Frankel before being exported to Japan.[19] On 1 April 2013, Danedream was voted German Horse of the Year for the second time, with 79% of the vote.[20] Her first filly foal was born on 27 January 2014.[21]


Pedigree of Danedream (GER), bay filly, 2008[1]
Lomitas (GB)
Niniski (USA)
Nijinsky Northern Dancer
Flaming Page
Virginia Hills Tom Rolfe
Ridin' Easy
La Colorada (GER)
Surumu Literat
La Dorada Kronzeuge
Love In
Danedrop (IRE)
Danehill (USA)
Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Razyana His Majesty
Spring Adieu
Rose Bonbon (FR)
High Top Derring-Do
Lady Berry Violon d'Ingres
Moss Rose (Family: 14)[22]
  • Danedream is inbred 4 x 4 to Northern Dancer, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of her pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Danedream pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Danedream". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  3. ^ Horse Racing (2011-10-02). "Danedream delivers a shock win for Germany in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Frankel named Cartier European Horse of the Year". Thoroughbred Times. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Lomitas Stud Record". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Danedrop". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  7. ^ "Baden-Baden Spring Horses in Training Sale 2010 | Racing Post". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Prix Constructions HR Rene Hemmerle result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Criterium du Fonds Europeen de l'Elevage result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  10. ^ "Oaks d'Italia result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  11. ^ "Grosser Preis von Berlin result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  12. ^ "Grosser Preis von Baden result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  14. ^ "Japan Cup result". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  15. ^ "Tokyo triumph for Buena Vista as Danedream disappoints in Japan Cup". ESPN.co.uk. 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  16. ^  By David Conolly-Smith 2:09PM 1 APR 2012  (2011-06-02). "GERMANY Danedream crowned Horse of the Year". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  17. ^ "Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  18. ^ Horse Racing (1 October 2012). "Danedream's bid for back-to-back wins in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe ended by outbreak of rare blood disorder". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  19. ^ David Conolly-Smith (21 December 2012). "Arc and King George heroine Danedream retired". Racing Post. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  20. ^ "Reiten International: Galopper des Jahres: Danedream siegt erneut" (in German). Handelsblatt. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  21. ^ "Danedream produces first foal, Frankel filly". drf.com. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  22. ^ "The Oldfield Mare Mare - Family 14". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. 

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