10/20/2012 7:22PM

Santa Anita: Broken Dreams scores repeat win in Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Broken Dreams, ridden by Garrett Gomez, uses her late kick to win the Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes for the second time.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Broken Dreams is nearing the end of her career, but she has still got some racing left in her. For the second straight year on Saturday, she captured the Grade 3, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita, and earned her second stakes win in her last three starts, all in concert with Garrett Gomez.

Broken Dreams ($8.40) needed every last inch of the unique hillside turf course to run down pacesetting Kindle, who set blazing fractions, opened a clear lead, but just failed to stay the distance in this turf sprint for older fillies and mares. Broken Dreams got up in the shadow of the wire to beat by Kindle by a half-length, with 2-1 favorite Byrama another neck back in third.

After Kindle set fractions of 20.97 seconds for the opening quarter and 42.53 seconds for the half  – coming down the hill – Broken Dreams completed the about 6 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:11.81, which is .71 of a second shy of the course record held by California Flag.

Broken Dreams was second during the early going as Kindle ran off to a long lead.

“I felt pretty good about things until they crossed the dirt,” said Tom Proctor, who trains Broken Dreams. “But then the other filly looked like she scooted away.”

Gomez was aboard for last year’s win in the Maddy, and for Broken Dreams’s only prior win this calendar year, in the Osunitas at Del Mar. Broken Dreams most recently faded to finish last of eight going two turns in the Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar on Sept. 3.

Proctor said he is considering bringing Broken Dreams back in the Goldikova Stakes on the meet’s closing day, Nov. 4. He said she will be retired at year’s end and bred next spring.

Now age 6, Broken Dreams has won 7 times in 22 starts. She was bred and is owned by the Glen Hill Farm of Leonard Lavin and his grandson, Craig Bernick.