Proctor's Ledge storms to a Lake George win

July 25, 2017 05:13am
Proctor's Ledge wins 2017 Lake George
Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Running on first-time lasix, Proctor’s Ledge looked like she was propelled out of a slingshot en route to a decisive victory in today's Grade 3 Lake George on the turf at Saratoga.

Post-time favorite Defiant Honor won the break, but it was Chubby Star who ended up making the pace. Proctor’s Ledge settled in mid-pack, while second betting choice Fifty Five lingered at the back of the field.

As is the case with many turf races, or at least the ones across the pond, the pace was slow early. With Sweeping Paddy chasing in second, Chubby Star ticked off splits of :24.71 and :49.66 through the opening half. Behind her, Proctor’s Ledge and Fifty Five maintained their respective positions with very little happening in terms of the running order.

In the far turn, the fillies began to line up across the track so that at the top of the stretch, the Lake George looked like it go to anyone. But it was Proctor’s Ledge that was showing the best turn of foot. Turning on the afterburners, the Ghostzapper filly, with Javier Castellano in the irons, blitzed through the final 5/16ths in a sharp :28.29. The winning time for the 1 1/16 was 1:41.47.

Winning rider Castellano stated after the race, "I loved the way she did it; she got a slow pace; good position and she finished good. 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.

Party Boat and Fifty Five both closed from the back of the field to run second and third respectively. Chubby Star held fourth after doing all the heavy lifting early on. Fizzy Friday, Defiant Honor, Dream Dancing, Victory to Victory, Super Marina, and Sweeping Paddy completed the order of finish.

Brendan Walsh, who saddled the winner, was ecstatic. "It's huge for me. 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,” he said.

Off 6-1 odds, Proctor’s Ledge paid $14.20, $7.00, and $4.30. Five-to-one Party Boat returned $5.70 and $3.80, and off 7-2 odds,  Fifty Five returned $3.60. The $2 exacta paid $88.00, the $2 trifecta returned $320.00, and the $2 superfecta was worth $3,152.00.

By Ghostzapper and out of the Arch mare Archstone, Proctor’s Ledge is a homebred for Patricia L. Moseley. Prior to getting her first graded stakes win today, the filly was already a black-type runner by virtue of a 3rd in the G3 Appalachian and a 2nd in the G3 Regret. She is now 7: 3-1-1 for total earnings of $181,083.

"We might come back to run later in the meet,” Walsh said in regards to Proctor’s Ledge’s next race. “We'll leave her here, and see how she comes out of it, and go from there. There's a lot of spots for a 3-year-old filly at the end of the year, but I think she's going to have a hell of a second half of the year, and I think she's going to be a better filly next year." 


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