Proctor's Ledge fires bullet over Oklahoma training turf course

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August 04, 2017 02:26pm

Working for the first time since her mild upset victory in the Grade 2 Lake George on Saratoga's opening day, July 21, Patricia Moseley's homebred Proctor's Ledge fired a bullet half-mile over the Oklahoma training turf course Friday morning.

Trainer Brendan Walsh was in town and aboard for the breeze, which was timed in 48.44 seconds over the firm going, fastest of 45 horses at the distance. Walsh expected to bring her back in the Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid August 19 at the Spa.

"That's the plan, anyway. We'll probably go there," he said. "We might have a look at the Del Mar Oaks, as well, but I would think she'll stay here. She likes it here and there's no point in complicating things.

"She worked super today," he added. "She looked good. She went easy, just a maintenance work for her, really."

Proctor's Ledge, a 3-year-old daughter of Hall of Famer Ghostzapper, has three wins, a second and a third from six starts this year. The Lake George was her fourth straight graded stakes and first win, hitting the board in the Grade 3 Appalachian and Grade 2 Regret.

"She ran third in the Appalachian at Keeneland and came from way behind against some very good fillies," Walsh said. "We ran her on [Kentucky] Oaks day and the ground was very soft and she ran fourth, and she was second in the Regret when the speed kind of got away from her.

"I think she might have needed all that to put together her last run. It was a good race. She ran super," he added. "We're excited about her and I think she's going to get better with a bit of age, too, as she goes along."

Before heading back to Kentucky following next week's yearling sales, Walsh will saddle DARRS, Inc.'s Conquest Windycity in Sunday's Alydar for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.

The 4-year-old son of Tiznow won an optional claiming allowance at Keeneland April 13 in his second start of 2017 and followed up with a third in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special behind Jimmy Jerkens-trained stablemates Shaman Ghost and Dolphus and a seventh in the Grade 3 Cornhusker, where Dolphus was fifth as a heavy favorite.
 
"I think he just got stuck down inside with the kickback and everything and the track wasn't really conducive to certain horses that weekend," Walsh said. "The horse of Jimmy's didn't run very well, either, and he's a nice horse. He beat us at Pimlico. I draw a line through it.

"He seems like he's getting over this track really good," he added. "He ran a real good race in the two-other-than at Keeneland. He was very good that day and he ran really good at Pimlico, also. He didn't run a bad race at all against some real good horses. I think this spot will fit him good. There's only six in there but they're all solid horses. If we can get a better trip for him, I think we'll be in good shape."

Walsh said Grade 3 Illinois Derby Multiplier is due to return to his Kentucky barn later this month following a brief freshening after finishing off the board in the Grade 1 Preakness and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes June 10, his most recent effort.

"We turned him out for a little break after the Belmont. He had a hard race in Illinois and a hard race in the Preakness," Walsh said. "He didn't run that well in the Belmont. We thought he was doing good but he just didn't show up, really. All the signals were there to just back off him a little bit.

"He's been at WinStar for a couple months but he should be due back at the end of August," he added. "There's no plan at all for him right now. You never know, he may be able to run in November at Churchill or the winter at Gulfstream or the Fair Grounds."

Source: NYRA Communications

 

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