Patricia Moseley’s homebred Proctor’s Ledge earned her first graded stakes victory in Friday’s G3 Lake George at Saratoga, rallying from fifth in the early going to score by 1 3/4 lengths on the wire. A sophomore daughter of Ghostzapper, Proctor’s Ledge and Javier Castellano completed 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf in 1:41.47 for trainer Brendan Walsh.
“I loved the way she did it; she got a slow pace; good position and she finished good,” Castellano said. “She was impressive. I never rode her before but she did amazing. She was in a comfortable rhythm. She was in a good spot and turning for home, she kicked really well.”
Chubby Star was adamant about taking the lead heading into the first turn, and quickly pulled away to a one-length advantage under Ricardo Santana, Jr. She was tracked by Sweeping Paddy and Victory to Victory, while Defiant Honor got shuffled back to fourth along the hedge. Proctor’s Ledge avoided the traffic and waited patiently in fifth for Castellano, tracking the moderate pace of :24.71 and :49.66 down the backstretch.
As Victory to Victory moved up to challenge Chubby Star in the far turn, Castellano had just given Proctor’s Ledge her cue to go three-wide around the outside. Heading into the straight, Chubby Star had kept her slight advantage over Victory to Victory, and managed to repel that rival, only to be challenged immediately by Proctor’s Ledge on her outside. Castellano guided his filly around her rivals to easily take the lead, riding her through the wire 1 3/4 lengths in front of Party Boat. Fifty Five just got up for third over a still-fighting Chubby Star.
Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Proctor’s Ledge is out of a stakes-placed daughter of Arch, herself out of a daughter of Mr. Prospector. She ran seventh on debut, but came back two months later to take her second start by a valiant neck at Gulfstream Park. Her next start resulted in an allowance victory by 3 1/4 lengths, and she ran well to finish third in Keeneland‘s G3 Appalachian. In her most recent start, the G3 Regret at Churchill Downs, Proctor’s Ledge finished second to Sweeping Paddy. She turned the tables on that rival in the Lake George, improving her overall record to 3-1-1 from seven starts for earnings of over $ 180,000.
“It’s huge for me,” Walsh said. “Everything hadn’t quite fallen into place the last few times, but she did it today, so I’ll credit everybody. We finally got it right.”
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