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
“The simple fact is, coming to the dirt, instead of picking her
(Kindle) up, she actually moved away from me another length or so and I
was like Oh man,” said Gomez. “…By the time we hit inside the eighth
pole, she (Kindle) wasn’t coming back still…Finally (she) 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 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.