Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
I’M A DREAMER IS THE ONLY ONE IN BEVERLY D. SCORE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2012) – After butting heads with some of Europe’s top older females, I’m A Dreamer found the reality of American racing much more to her liking on Saturday at Arlington Park, winning the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes by a head over Marketing Mix.
I’m A Dreamer entered the Beverly D. on a seven-race losing streak, but had run well against Group I company. With Hayley Turner coming in to ride the 5-year-old Irish-bred Noverre mare, I’m A Dreamer sat seventh early before making her move at the top of the stretch, making up 4 Ľ lengths in the final quarter mile to win the prestigious event.
“It was a long stretch, but it isn’t really—it just felt like it,” said David Simcock, who trains for Andrew Stone. “She quickened up when that closer [Marketing Mix] was coming.”
Romacaca set the pace with Up flanking her through fractions of 23.67 seconds, 48.80 seconds, and 1:12.54 before Up took over on the far turn through a mile in 1:37.32. That is when the closers began their run, though, and I’m a Dreamer got the jump on Marketing Mix.
“She ran great,” Julian Leparoux said of his trip aboard Marketing Mix. “She’s a nice filly. She was running at the end, but maybe the winner got the jump on us. I was where I wanted to be.”
I’m A Dreamer has now won five of 14 races and has earned $772,731 lifetime. This was the first International Festival of Racing win for her connections.
“I can’t believe it,” jockey Hayley Turner said. “Thanks to David Simcock and his team because I haven’t had a lot to do with this filly. I always think that when you have a horse with a lot of ability, it makes your job a lot easier. Well I thought she had a good chance. She had a good attitude before the race. I think she seems to sparkle well when she’s [in North America].”
Europe-based horses completed four of the top six placings with Joviality running evenly paced to be third. Kapitale closed stoutly to finish fourth while Up faded to sixth.
Among the unplaced American runners, Upperline ran fifth, while Romacaca (7th), Mystical Star (8th), Stars to Shine (9th) and post-time favorite Aruna (10th) completed the order of finish.
“She just stumbled,” said Aruna’s jockey Ramon Dominguez, who won the Arlington Million some 45 minutes later aboard Little Mike. “I don’t know what happened there and then we were last the whole way.”
I’m A Dreamer paid $14.60, $7.40 and $4.40. Marketing Mix returned $4.60 and $3.40. Joviality paid $5.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 90-day meet in 2012 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 12 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.