07/24/2012 3:11PM

Del Mar notes: Half-sisters to Coil, Indian Blessing to debut

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DEL MAR, Claif. - Half-sisters to both Coil and Indian Blessing are among the 3-year-old fillies making their debuts in Thursday’s fifth race at six furlongs.

Level Headed, a daughter of Eddington, is out of the Theatrical mare Eversmile, who produced Coil, the Haskell winner who returns an hour later in the featured seventh race. Like Coil, Level Headed was bred by Glen Hill Farm, which sold Coil privately following his career debut. Tom Proctor, Coil’s original trainer, trains Level Headed.

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Maker Or Breaker, by Empire Maker, is a half-sister to two-time champion Indian Blessing, both being out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, who also produced the stakes-winning sprinter Roman Threat. Like Indian Blessing and Roman Threat, Maker Or Breaker is a homebred of Hal and Patti Earnhardt and is trained by Baffert.

Why so long before her first race?

“I’m a patient guy,” Baffert said.

“As a 2-year-old, she got a late start, and was very immature. She looks like she wants to go two turns. She’s not as quick as Indian Blessing, but she’s got a lot of quality. She’s nice.”

Wunderbar, a Johannesburg filly making her debut for trainer Richard Mandella, is a half-sister to Salt Champ, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap. Salt Champ in turn produced turf stakes winner Champ Pegasus, like Wunderbar trained by Mandella for Gerald Ford’s Diamond A Racing Corp.

Gomez has touch on Broken Dreams

In the aftermath of Broken Dreams’s victory in the Osunitas Stakes for older turf females on Saturday, Proctor was not sure where she would run next, but he was sure whom he wanted riding her: Garrett Gomez, who has won on Broken Dreams three of the last five times he has been aboard.

“She wants to bear out, and a lot of jocks want to fight her, which makes it worse,” said 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.

kedrick More than 1 year ago
Baffert is the best trainer in the country period