'Dream' mare Proctor's Ledge retires, begins broodmare career

June 12, 2019 02:41pm
Proctor's Ledge wins 2018 Distaff Turf Mile
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Brendan Walsh says there was a time Proctor’s Ledge was at the top of her division.

“At Saratoga two years ago, she looked like she was as good as any filly in the country,” the trainer Walsh said.

That summer at Saratoga, Proctor’s Ledge won both the Lake George Stakes (G3) and Lake Placid Stakes (G2), two turf showcases for 3-year-old fillies. She went on to pick up another graded stakes score at 4 in the 2018 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2).

After a racing career highlighted by those three graded triumphs, Walsh said Wednesday that Proctor’s Ledge has retired. The 5-year-old mare finished sixth last out May 4 while trying to defend her Churchill Distaff Turf Mile crown.

Proctor’s Ledge has already begun her broodmare career at Hunter Valley Farm in Versailles, Ky. Walsh said she’s been bred to sire Kitten’s Joy.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully at some stage training a few of her babies,” Walsh said. “She was a fantastic servant to us. We had some brilliant days with her.”

Bred and owned by Patricia Moseley, Proctor’s Ledge broke her maiden as a 3-year-old in January 2017 at Gulfstream Park. She was second that June in Churchill Downs’ Regret Stakes (G3) before shipping up to Saratoga.

In New York, the Kentucky-bred Ghostzapper filly won the Lake George in July 2017 by 1 3/4 lengths over runner-up Party Boat. She came back in August's Lake Placid and scored by 3/4 of a length over Great British-bred Uni.

Proctor’s Ledge became the first filly to sweep the Lake George and Lake Placid in the same season since Tenski in 1998.

The following May, Proctor’s Ledge notched her second Grade 2 score when she edged by On Leave for a 1/2-length win in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. She came up just short of a Grade 1 triumph one month later in the Just a Game, finishing second by 3/4 of a length to German-bred A Raving Beauty.

For her career, Proctor’s Ledge totaled five victories from 18 starts and made $768,168.

“She’s just been a dream for me,” Walsh said. “She’s been a big help to my career. Everybody is looking for those types of fillies.”

 

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