10/01/2011 2:17PM

Santa Anita: Broken Dreams finally breaks through


ARCADIA, Calif. – The first career stakes win by Broken Dreams in Friday’s $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita left trainer Tom Proctor a satisfied observer.

“She’s not easy to train,” he said. “She can be a bit rank.”

Proctor had hoped for a day such as Friday through the last year, only to see Broken Dreams finish second or third in three sprint stakes on this circuit. Friday, Broken Dreams benefited from an ideal ride from jockey Garrett Gomez to score a mild upset, returning $13.40.

Broken Dreams closed from fifth in the field of six to win by a half-length over Givine, a 6-1 shot. Tanda, third early, finished third, a nose behind Givine. Broken Dreams ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.23.

Unzip Me, the 4-5 favorite, finished fourth. Unzip Me was a length behind pacesetter Separate Forest with a furlong remaining but ran flatly in the final furlong.

Those fillies and mares have been familiar members of the turf sprint stakes division in California this year. Broken Dreams beat Unzip Me in an allowance race at Hollywood Park in July, and was fourth behind Unzip Me, Separate Forest, and Givine in the Daisycutter Handicap at Del Mar in August.

In the stretch of the five-furlong Daisycutter, Broken Dreams closed well to lose by 1 1/4 lengths, giving Proctor confidence she would like the longer race on Friday.

“I thought her last race was one of her better races and if she ran that way, she might win,” Proctor said.

A 5-year-old mare by Broken Vow, Broken Dreams has won 5 of 15 starts and $256,433 for breeder Glen Hill Farm.

Banned remains in guarded condition

Broken Dreams’s win occurred a little more than a week after Glen Hill’s 3-year-old Banned suffered severe injuries to his suspensories in a turf workout.

Banned underwent surgery on Sept. 24, and remains in guarded condition, Proctor said.”It will be a long road,” he said of Banned’s recovery.

Banned has won three graded stakes this year, including the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby last month. He has won 5 of 10 starts and $599,476 in his career.

Centralintelligence sharp in allowance score

The 3-year-old gelding Centralintelligence won for the second time in four career starts in Friday’s second race, leaving trainer Ron Ellis encouraged that further improvement is possible.

Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Centralintelligence ($18.20) won an allowance race over six furlongs by 3 1/4 lengths over 9-2 Master Chef. Runflatout, the 3-5 favorite, finished a quiet third.

Owned by a partnership, Centralintelligence won his second start against maidens in July, but was seventh in his debut around two turns on Del Mar’s Polytrack surface on Aug. 13.

“He just didn’t like Del Mar,” Ellis said. “I still think he can run long.”

Ellis said he does not have specific goals for Centralingellence as of Saturday.

“The way he ran yesterday gave you hopes and dreams,” he said. “We’ll see how he goes. I was pretty impressed by his effort.”