Proctor’s Ledge Wins Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile
Churchill Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 5, 2018) – Patricia Moseley’s homebred Proctor’s Ledge collared On Leave at the sixteenth pole and pulled away to a half-length victory in the 33rd running of the $300,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) for fillies and mares.
Trained by Brendan Walsh and ridden by John Velazquez, Proctor’s Ledge covered the mile on the firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:36.30. It is the third win in the race for Velazquez, who won in 2012 with Hungry Island and in 1999 with Shires Ende.
Longshot Pyscho Sister set the pace with On Leave tracking in second through fractions of :23.85, :48.36 and 1:12.87. At the head of the lane, On Leave kicked clear only to be overtaken late by the winner.
The victory was worth $174,840 to the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper out of the Arch mare Archstone. Proctor’s Ledge boosted her earnings to $579,090 with a record of 12-5-2-1. The victory was the third graded-stakes triumph for Proctor’s Ledge.
Proctor’s Ledge returned $15.60, $8 and $5. On Leave, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $5.60 and $3.60 with Dream Awhile, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., finished another length back in third and returned $3.60 to show.
It was another half-length back to Dream Dancing who was followed in order by Madame Stripes (ARG), La Coronel, Thundering Sky, Madam Dancealot (IRE), Res Ipsa, Pyscho Sister and Insta Erma.