11/29/2010 3:03PM

Broken Dreams looks to build on California debut

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Broken Dreams was second in her California debut in an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf Nov. 7. As time progresses, that race looks increasingly better.

Broken Dreams was beaten by Reba Is Tops, who returned to win Friday’s Raise Your Skirts Stakes. Broken Dreams was held out of that race in favor of an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf Wednesday, where owner Leonard Lavin and trainer Tom Proctor hope the filly can win for the third time in seven starts.

“The filly that beat her is pretty legitimate,” Proctor said, reflecting on the Nov. 7 race.

Bred by Lavin, Broken Dreams won two of her first three starts, including a first-condition allowance race over 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga on July 28. She was second in the Lena Spencer Stakes at Saratoga in September and a troubled fifth in the Franklin County Stakes for turf sprinters at Keeneland on Oct. 15.

“She had a bit of a rough trip, much of it her own doing,” Proctor said of the Keeneland race.

In her California debut, Broken Dreams was beaten three-quarters of a length by Reba Is Tops, closing through the stretch.

“She broke a little funny,” Proctor said.

Broken Dreams will be favored in Wednesday’s fifth race. The race drew five starters on a program plagued by short fields. There are 51 entrants on the eight-race program. One race – the last race for maiden claimers over five furlongs – drew a double-digit field, with 10 entrants.

Broken Dreams will be chasing Folk Dancer, who won a first-condition allowance race Oct. 31 and is entered to be claimed for $62,500 on Wednesday. Trained by Vladimir Cerin for the Slow-Pay Stable, Folk Dancer won a $62,500 claimer at Del Mar in August. In both of her wins, she was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela who has the mount Wednesday.

“It kind of looks like Proctor’s filly is the one to beat,” Cerin said. “I think we’ll have the front and Patrick can be hard to beat.”

Appealing Afare, Oui Say Oui, and Softly Singing also start. Softly Singing was second in an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf at this level Oct. 14 but was last of six in a similar race Nov. 7. Jockey Rafael Bejarano replaces Valenzuela aboard Softly Singing on Wednesday.