Form prevailed in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000
Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, as Gary Stevens guided 2-1 favorite
to a hard-fought three-quarter length victory in the 6 ½
furlong hillside test for fillies and mares three and up. A 3-year-old
Kentucky-bred filly by War Front, Pontchatrain negotiated the hillside
by Tom Proctor and owned by Glen Hill Farm, Pontchatrain was a handy
three-length winner of the 6 ½ furlong turf Unzip Me Stakes on Sept. 28,
her only previous try down the hill.
“I got the lead earlier than I wanted to, I had a lot of horse,” said
Stevens, who was packed five-wide crossing the dirt at the top of the
lane. “She was a little keener than usual today…She’s still a little
green, she didn’t punch with me today. She wasn’t focused at the top of
“She was distracted by this big crowd. She’s a beautiful filly. She’s
still growing and I think she has a big future. She has a big turn of
Pontchatrain paid $6.60, $4.00 and $3.00. .
Winding Way, off at 6-1 with Rafael Bejarano, was carried wide turning
for home by pacesetter Sky High Gal and Joel Rosario, which also
resulted in the winner being carried wide as well.
When asked if being drawn on the outside of the 11-horse Maddy was a
concern, Proctor responded: “No. Actually, that’s a good post. The
concern was when the horse on the lead (Sky High Gal) kind of ducked out
turning for home, I was on the outside of her, but other than that, I
actually thought my other filly (Purim’s Dancer, who broke from the
rail) would come running when things opened up, but it didn’t happen.”
Owned and bred in-part by Leonard Lavin’s Glen Hill Farm, Pontchatrain
picked up $60,000 for the win, hiking her earnings to $204,882. She now
has four wins and a third-place finish from six starts.
Winding Way finished a half length in front of Judy In Disguise and paid $6.80 and $5.40.
Judy In Disguise, off at 12-1 with Victor Espinoza, finished well and
just touched Sky High Gal to be third by a nose. She paid $6.80 to