Patricia Moseley’s homebred filly Proctor’s Ledge was able to sit behind a slow pace in Saturday’s G2 Lake Placid, then rally down the lane to take the lead in mid-stretch. The 3-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper had plenty left to hold off the favored Uni by three-quarters of a length on the wire, scoring her second consecutive graded victory at Saratoga. Trained by Brendan Walsh and ridden by Javier Castellano, Proctor’s ledge covered nine furlongs on the firm turn in 1:47.74.
“She’s something else, to beat fillies like that so impressively,” said Walsh. “She’s been threatening all the time to do this and getting better and better. It’s just fantastic and great for everybody involved: super owners, my guys working with her. It’s just brilliant.”
Breaking from the gate Party Boat was out the quickest, but she was quickly joined by Coasted and La Coronel on either side as the field of five sophomore fillies raced toward the first turn. Castellano, alongside the three-way battle for the lead early on, reined back Proctor’s Ledge to lay fourth in the early going. Coasted came through at the rail to take over the lead, and the field lined up numerically behind her as she was followed by Party Boat, La Coronel. Proctor’s Ledge and Uni.
After a moderate first quarter of :24.39, during which Coasted had a 1 1/2-length lead, she was eased back to mark the half-mile in :50.03, compressing the field to about five lengths overall. She maintained her pace to complete three-quarters in 1:14.11, but was joined by La Coronel and Party Boat as the fillies made their way through the far turn.
Castellano had Proctor’s Ledge moving and was forced to go four-wide around the last part of the turn, but the filly maintained her momentum and easily wrested the lead from Coasted and the others. Uni, the race favorite, saved ground to angle out once she was in the straight, but was unable to make up very much ground on the free-running Proctor’s Ledge. Despite changing leads late, Proctor’s Ledge crossed the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Uni, with Party Boat crossing the wire in third. La Coronel was fourth.
“You could tell the pace was comfortable,” said winning rider Castellano. “She was laid back. I liked the way she finished. I love the way she runs. No matter where you put her, she’ll always show up.”
Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Proctor’s Ledge is out of the stakes-placed Archstone, by Arch, and is a third-generation Moseley homebred. The filly broke her maiden at the start of her 3-year-old season, then won an allowance race in her third career start. She did not win again until the G3 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga, but seems to have found her best stride over the lawn at the Spa. Overall, Proctor’s Ledge boasts a record of four wins from eight starts, with earnings of over $ 360,000.
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