07/21/2012 9:51PM

Del Mar: Gomez guides Broken Dreams to Osunitas victory

Benoit & Associates
Broken Dreams, ridden by Garrett Gomez, prevails by a half-length in the Osunitas.

DEL MAR – Broken Dreams isn’t the easiest horse to ride, but Garrett Gomez has the magic touch with her. Reunited with Broken Dreams on Saturday for the $93,110 Osunitas Stakes, Gomez guided her to a front-running victory in the 1 1/16-mile grass race for older fillies and mares at Del Mar.

Broken Dreams ($16.20)  held off 5-2 favorite Byrony to win by a half-length. Halo Dolly was a nose farther back in third, and a neck in front of fourth-place Briecat, who loomed menacingly and then flattened out.

After setting quarter-mile splits of 24.11 seconds, 48.14, 1:11.78, and 1:35.60 for one mile, Broken Dreams completed 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.71.

The victory, the sixth in 20 starts for Broken Dreams, ended a four-race losing streak dating back to last fall, including three straight without Gomez. In her most-recent start, Broken Dreams was fourth in the one-mile Redondo Beach at Betfair Hollywood Park. Gomez – who scored his third win on the card aboard Broken Dreams -- has now won on Broken Dreams three of the last five times he has ridden her.

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“She wants to bear out, and a lot of jocks want to fight her, which makes it worse,” said Tom Proctor, who trains Broken Dreams for her owner and breeder, the Glen Hill Farm of Leonard Lavin and his grandson, Craig Bernick. “Garrett rode her great.”

Proctor said Broken Dreams wears “a Bob Wheeler outside extension cup blinker.”

“It was good enough to get into the Hall of Fame,” Proctor said of Wheeler, who will be inducted, posthumously, next month into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Broken Dreams, 6, is by Broken Vow and is out of Our Dreamer, whose dam, One Dreamer, won the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Distaff for Proctor and Glen Hill.