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BROKEN DREAMS & PROCTOR BACK TO DEFEND TITLE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES DOWN HILL, FIELD OF NINE DISTAFFERS ENGAGED
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2012)—Glen Hill Farm’s homebred Broken Dreams will defend her title against eight other fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
Trained by Tom Proctor, the 6-year-old Florida-bred mare comes off a last place finish going 1 1/16 miles on turf in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar Sept. 3.
In addition to her Maddy win last year, she has two exemplary seconds down the hill, both behind recently retired course specialist Unzip Me; in the Grade III Monrovia Handicap on Jan. 2, 2011, and in the Clockers’ Corner Handicap on March 5, 2011.
Although she weakened after setting the pace in the Yellow Ribbon, she was an impressive gate to wire winner of the one mile Osunitas at Del Mar July 21. With her proven affinity for the course, the venerable Broken Dreams would appear to be the horse to beat Saturday. Along with a 3-1-2-0 record down the hill, her overall mark is 21-6-5-1, with earnings of $317,682.
Broken Dreams will again be ridden by Garrett Gomez, who guided her to victory in last year’s Maddy and who has been aboard for five of her career victories.
Although a 3-year-old tackling older, the Simon Callaghan-trained Byrama has the look of a “now” commodity, inasmuch as she won her most recent start, the Unzip Me Stakes, at Santa Anita on Sept. 29, and she retains the services of co-leading rider Rafael Bejarano.
The 5-2 favorite when facing 11 other sophomores in the Unzip Me, Byrama made a sweeping four-wide move turning for home and won going away by a half-length. With her win in the Unzip Me, Byrama is now a perfect two for two down the hill and would again relish a fast pace to run at.
Always highly regarded, the English-bred Byrama, who is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, has $222,634 in earnings from a 12-4-3-3 record.
Veteran trainer Neil French will be well represented by the 6-year-old California-bred daughter of Benchmark, Missdealornodeal. Haltered three starts back for $32,000, she then rattled off two good seconds going five furlongs on turf at Del Mar; in Aug. 10 Daisycutter Handicap and in a second condition allowance on Aug. 23.
Kevin Krigger, who has won twice with her, will again ride Missdealornodeal for VIP Farms. One for two down the hillside turf course, her overall mark is 18-7-5-2, with earnings of $278,103. She is one of several Maddy entrants who have run well down the hill when forwardly placed.
Trainer Ben Cecil will send out Miss Mittagong, who although she has run poorly in last two starts; the Grade I Zenyatta going 1 1/16 miles on dirt and the restricted Adoration on Polytrack Sept. 2, she has a good measure of back class and should appreciate the return to turf.
Third in the Grade I Santa Margarita on March 17, second in the Grade II Santa Maria Feb. 18, and third in the Grade II Robert J. Frankel (turf) on Jan. 1, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pleasantly Perfect will sprint for the first time in 17 months as she tries the hillside turf course for the first time Saturday. Owned by Kristina Cecil and Zillah Reddam, Miss Mittagong has $211,324 in earnings from a record of 20-3-3-5.
Gary and Cecil Barber’s Teroda, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Limehouse, has an impressive 4-2-1-1 record over the course and gets the services of co-leading rider Joe Talamo in the Maddy.
Trained by John Sadler, Teroda has been idle since running a troubled seventh, beaten 3 ¾ lengths, in the Aug. 10 Daisycutter. An allowance winner over the course on Feb. 17, her best efforts down the hill have come when she’s allowed to settle off the pace and make a run. Her overall mark of 13-3-3-3 has produced earnings of $164,753.
David and Holly Wilson’s 7-year-old Briecat adds depth to the Maddy lineup, as the Grade II stakes winner will try the hillside for the first time Saturday. Winless from eight starts this year, she was a winner of the restricted Cool Air Stakes going six furlongs on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 7, 2011, a race in which she rallied from off the pace. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, Briecat has amassed $681,938 in earnings from a record of 37-10-5-2.
Kindle, a lightly raced 4-year-old trained by Gary Mandella, comes off a facile win in the 6 ½ furlong Bangles and Beads over Fairplex Park’s five-eighth-mile bullring on Sept. 21. A perfect two for two on synthetic surfaces, the speedy daughter of Indian Charlie will be trying turf for the first time. She has earnings of $83,200 from a 6-3-1-0 record.
French-bred Givine broke out and was never a factor in the six furlong CERF Stakes Sept. 5, but a return to grass should be to her liking. Second in the Clockers’ Corner Handicap coming down the hill on Feb. 25, Givine has two seconds from five lifetime starts over the course. Owned by Marsha Naify and trained by Julio Canani, the stakes winning 5-year-old mare has an overall record of 20-6-4-3, with earnings of $227,941.
The complete field for the Senator Ken Maddy, which will be run as the eighth on a nine-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Missdealornodeal, Kevin Krigger, 119; Teroda, Joe Talamo, 118; Broken Dreams, Garrett Gomez, 118; Ninth Infantry, Chantal Sutherland, 118; Givine (FR), Tyler Baze, 118; Byrama, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Briecat, Martin Garcia, 118; Miss Mittagong, Mario Gutierrez, 118, and Kindle, Edwin Maldonado, 118.
First post time on Saturday is 1 p.m.