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BROKEN DREAMS SOILS UNZIP ME’S COURSE DOMINANCE WITH UPSET IN GRADE III KEN MADDY STAKES ON SANTA ANITA’S OPENING DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2011) – Broken Dreams validated her Hollywood Park upset of Santa Anita downhill turf course specialist Unzip Me with a furious inside rally Friday to capture Friday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, opening day feature of Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet.
With Garrett Gomez at the controls, Broken Dreams stormed from fifth at the sixteenth pole to defeat Givine by one-half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s unique grass layout in 1:12.23. Tanda finished a nose back in third.
Maddy Stakes defending champion Unzip Me, the 4-5 favorite who had won 5 of 7 previous competitions over the course, had to settle for fourth. She finished one-half length behind Tanda. Unzip Me flattened out after bidding for the lead between horses upon entering the stretch.
A 5-year-old mare trained by Tom Proctor for Leonard Lavin’s Glen Hill Farm, Broken Dreams had run second to Unzip Me in two earlier meetings over the course before finally taking her measure by 1 ¼ lengths while racing six furlongs over Hollywood Park’s turf course. Broken Dreams subsequently finished fourth, 1 ¼ lengths behind Unzip Me, in Del Mar’s Aug. 12 Daisycutter Handicap at five furlongs on turf.
“Rock and roll is all I can say,” Proctor said following the Maddy. “She actually ran good last time in the Daisycutter. The stretch at Del Mar is a little short for her. It was really one of her better races, and I thought if she could run that way today, maybe she’d win. It’s nice to see her win a stakes. This was a good bunch of fillies.”
Marty Jones, who trains Unzip Me, said of his 5-year-old mare: “She was kind of on the muscle down the backstretch. It might have caught up with her the last part of it, but she ran hard.”
While achieving her fifth victory in her 15th start, Broken Dreams paid $13.40, $5.40 and $6.80. Givine, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $7.20 and $7.60. Tanda, handled by Joe Talamo, paid $5.60 to show. The inflated show prices were the result of the heavy favorite finishing off the board in a field of six.
“It’s good to start off on a winning note, especially a stakes race with my first mount of the meet,” Gomez said. “Anytime you win a race here at Santa Anita it’s always fun.”
Gomez noted that Unzip Me, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, “didn’t break all that well.” Continued Gomez, “Rafael kind of gunned her up in between horses a little bit. I knew that would help me because he was about a length behind leaving the gate.”
The winning purse of $60,000 elevated Broken Dreams’ career earnings to $256,433. Proctor was asked what might be next for the homebred daughter of Broken Vow. “A bath,” he said.
On Saturday, Santa Anita hosts Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day with four Grade I stakes races that gain the winners automatic entry into their respective Breeders’ Cup events during racing’s championships on Nov. 5 & 6 at Churchill Downs.
Blind Luck, the 2010 champion 3-year-old filly, is the 6-5 favorite in the Lady’s Secret Stakes. Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude is the 5-2 choice in the Goodwood Stakes. The Yellow Ribbon is headed by Dubawi Heights at 5-2. Del Mar Futurity winner Drill is even-money in the Norfolk. Each of the four Grade I stakes offers a purse of $250,000. The 11-race program commences at 1 p.m.