SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – A slow pace didn’t matter to Patricia Moseley’s homebred Proctor’s Ledge, rallying past her foes down the stretch with ease to win Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes, her second straight stakes win at Saratoga Race Course.
The field of five 3-year-old fillies broke cleanly and immediately went single-file, with Coasted setting slow fractions of :24.39, :50.03, and 1:14.11. Heading into the far turn, the field began to bunch up, and exiting onto the stretch, they formed a five-wide wall of horses. Proctor’s Ledge began to rally under jockey Javier Castellano with a furlong left to go, inching away and holding off a late charge from Uni to complete the 1 1/8-mile turf race in 1:47.74.
“She’s something else, to beat fillies like that so impressively,” said winning trainer Brendan Walsh. “She’s been threatening all the time to do this and getting better and better. It’s just fantastic and great for everybody involved: super owners, my guys working with her. It’s just brilliant.”
Party Boat finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Uni for third, with La Coronel and Coasted completing the order of finish. Berned was scratched.
Castellano was also aboard the daughter of Ghostzapper for her win last out in the Grade 3 Lake George at Saratoga on July 21.
“You could tell the pace was comfortable,” said Castellano. “She was laid back. I liked the way she finished. I love the way she runs. No matter where you put her, she’ll always show up.”
Proctor’s Ledge returned $6.40 to win, $3.30 to place, and $2.50 to show. Uni brought back $3.30 to place and $2.30 to show, while Party Boat paid $2.70 to show.