Film Maker Writes Winning Script in Lake George Stakes

Film Maker Writes Winning Script in Lake George Stakes
Photo: AP/NYRA Adam Coglianese
Film Maker gets first stakes win in Lake George.
Those anxious to see the movie Seabiscuit should have bet on Film Maker in the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIIT) Monday at Saratoga. She came from off the pace to win the 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Edgar Prado had Film Maker, a daughter of Dyanformer out of the Mr. Prospector mare Miss Du Bois, rolling on the outside down the stretch to get her first stakes victory. In her last start, her first in stakes company, she ran second n the Little Silver Stakes July 6 at Monmouth.

Film Maker, owned by Don Adam and trained by Graham Motion, has never been off the board in seven lifetime starts, all but one this year. Heavily favored Ocean Drive, ridden by Jerry Bailey, held on for second with Gal O Gal third in the field of 11. Impolite, who made the clear early lead, was fourth. The final time was 1:41 4/5.

Film Maker covered the distance in 1:41.40 and paid $20, $5.30, and $4.60. Ocean Drive returned $2.80 and $2.50 and Gal O Gal was worth $5.40 to show.

Motion, whose Caveat Competor won a division of the Lake George in 1998, was complimentary of Prado's winning ride. "He had her right where she wants to be...I was a little antsy at the top of the stretch, but I had Edgar on top of my horse, and I feel pretty confident with him on my horses. We'll definitely run back in the Lake Placid (grade II on August 17)."

"I knew I had horse, I was just hoping that something would open up -- and it did," Prado said. "She really exploded; I thought she was much the best."

"We had a good trip," trainer Todd Pletcher said of runner-up Ocean Drive. "The winner just kicked on a little stronger than we did. I always like to win, but I wasn't disappointed with her effort."

(Chart, Equibase)

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