Sunday, October 21, 2012
BROKEN DREAMS, GOMEZ RALLY TO WIN GRADE III MADDY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2012)—Although it looked a bit hopeless a furlong from home, Garrett Gomez and Broken Dreams persevered and managed to collar pacesetter Kindle close home to successfully defend their title by a half-length in Saturday’s Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs on turf at Santa Anita.
Kindle, who shot to the lead at the top of the hillside course and set blistering fractions of 20.97, 42.53 and 1:05.30, was five lengths clear of Broken Dreams when crossing the dirt at the top of the lane.
“Last year when she won this race she looked like she was going to run fifth outside the sixteenth pole and she ended up winning by a length, so I have a lot of confidence in her.”
For his part, trainer Tom Proctor acknowledged his mare was special.
“She’s been a nice mare for three years, she hasn’t given us any problem at all,” said Proctor. “I might try to run her two turns in the Goldikova (Grade II Stakes, at one mile on turf Nov. 4), just because that’s here in two weeks. We’ll see.”
Owned and bred by her breeder, Leonard Lavin’s Glen Hill Farm in Florida, the 6-year-old mare by Broken Vow paid $8.40, $5.00 and $3.00. The winner’s share of $60,000 hiked her bankroll to $477,682, from a record of 22-7-5-1.
Runnerup Kindle obviously ran too well to lose under Edwin Maldonado. Bet down to the 5-2 second choice off of a morning line of 4-1, the 4-year-old filly by Indian Charlie drew outside among eight horses and came off a win in the Bangles and Beads Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 21. She was trying turf for the first time in the Maddy.
“Just a little bit too long for her, but she’s a good filly with a big heart,” said trainer Gary Mandella. “I love her. I thought she’d be in front, but it didn’t matter whether she had speed on paper or not. The way she broke, you were just going to go on. You can’t take horses back when they break like that.”
Kindle paid $4.40 and $3.20.
Byrama, the lone 3-year-old in the field with Rafael Bejarano, was the 2-1 favorite. She was in tight shortly after the break and came running three-wide through the stretch, but came up three-quarters of a length short on the wire. She paid $2.40 to show.
There is a Pick Six carryover of $60,928 into Sunday at Santa Anita. The $65,000 Big Bear Handicap highlights a nine-race card. First post time is at 1 p.m.
~~~~~~~~~~SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES QUOTES~~~~~~~~~~~
GARRETT GOMEZ, BROKEN DREAMS, WINNER: “I had some concerns (about Kindle’s big lead). The simple fact is, coming to the dirt, instead of picking her (Kindle) up, she (Kindle) actually moved away from me another length or so and I was like, Oh, man. I know my filly is going to stay going 6 ½ and I know she’s going to keep coming.
“But by the time we hit inside the eighth pole, she (Kindle) wasn’t coming back still. I had maybe made up a little bit of ground on her, but not much, not enough to get there . . . Finally, Mandella’s filly went ahead and threw in the towel and folded up about the last 50 yards, and I knew Broken Dreams was going to stay on well. Last year when she won this race she looked like she was going to run fifth outside the 16th pole and she ended up winning by a length, so I have a lot of confidence in her . . . She’s just a blast to ride.”
TOM PROCTOR, BROKEN DREAMS, WINNER: “I thought she was in a good spot until they crossed the dirt and that filly (Kindle) kind of got away a little farther. Lucky she could run her down. She’s been a nice mare for three years, hasn’t given us any problem at all. We had some early issues when she was three and didn’t even think she might get to the races, but once she got to the races, she was good.
“I might try to run her two turns in the Goldikova (Stakes, Grade II, $150,000 at one mile on turf Nov. 4) just because that’s here in two weeks. We’ll see.”
GARY MANDELLA. KINDLE, SECOND: “Just a little bit too long for her, but she’s a good filly with a big heart. Love her. I thought she’d be in front, but it didn’t matter whether she had speed on paper or not. The way she broke, you were just going to go on. You can’t take horses back when they break like that. She out-broke the gate, practically.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, BYRAMA, 2-1 FAVORITE, THIRD: “They went quick and we got quite a long way back, and she galloped out in front. She ran a good race. We just didn’t quite get the room when we needed it, but she ran well and galloped out in front. We’re not disappointed in her.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Leonard Lavin of Ocala, FL, who races as Glen Hill Farm.
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