INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 14, 2011)—Making amends for a loss as the odds-on choice in her previous start, Broken Dreams ran past favored Unzip Me late to win the $77,070 allowance feature Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Defeated by a length when third at 9-10 in the Great Lady M. Stakes May 29, Broken Dreams took advantage of an early battle between Unzip Me and Separate Forest to collect her fourth career victory.
Owned and bred in Florida by Glen Hill Farm and trained by Tom Proctor, the 5-year-old daughter of Broken Vow and the Storm Cat mare Our Dreamer is now 2-for-4 over the Hollywood Park turf course. She has yet to be worse than third over the layout.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Broken Dreams paid $7.40, $2.60 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice in the field of six. She increased her earnings to $191,040 in 13 starts while completing the six furlongs in 1:09.27. The margin of victory was 1 ¼ lengths.
Running for the first time since she was second as the 3-5 choice in the Grade III Las Cienegas Handicap April 9 at Santa Anita, Unzip Me disposed of Separate Forest to have a clear lead with an eighth of a mile to run, but couldn’t contain the winner approaching the wire.
Looking for her fourth victory over the Hollywood Park grass, Unzip Me paid $2.20 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite. She is owned in a partnership by co-breeder John Harris, who celebrated his 68th birthday Thursday.
Warren’s Blossom finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Unzip Me. The show price on Warren’s Blossom was $3.20.
Completing the order of finish were Pincelada, Separate Forest and Tenacious Tina, who lost her best chance when she stumbled badly leaving the gate.
Although he failed to win with his lone entrant Thursday – Gator Warrior finished fourth in the sixth race – trainer Bob Baffert has clinched his first training title at a Spring/Summer meet.
With three days remaining, Baffert has 34 victories, seven more than runner-up Mike Mitchell.
Baffert led the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet last year. His most recent title prior to that win was at the 2001 Autumn season.
Three jockeys won the remaining seven races Thursday, topped by a triple from Victor Espinoza. Joe Talamo and Joel Rosario won twice.
Rosario leads Rafael Bejarano 59-53 in the rider standings. Talamo is third with 51 wins.
The Pick 6 paid $42,503.40. An additional $989,766 was wagered Thursday in pursuit of a carryover of $108,788 from July 10.
Racing resumes Friday. Post time for the final night program of the Spring/Summer meet is 7:05 p.m.
After the eighth and final race is official – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring Purple Reign will begin at the North Park.
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