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LEXINGTON, KY – e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall joined the club of trainer Chad Brown’s impressive turf fillies, rallying furiously to take Wednesday’s Grade 3, $150,000 JP Morgan Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland.
The Jessamine is the final Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race for the 2017 season, with Rushing Fall earning an all-fees-waived entry into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on November 3.
Unhurried out of post 2 under Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall tucked in near the tail of the field while Mentality set initial fractions of :23.40, :48.79, and 1:14.51. Coming under a ride with 3 furlongs left to run, Rushing Fall began passing her competition along the outside through the far turn. Spreading out seven-wide at the top of the stretch, Rushing Fall fired on all cylinders, shaking free from the pack with a furlong to go and blowing away to win by 3 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:46.20 for the 1 1/16-mile turf race.
“The way she did it today, very amazing,” Castellano said. “Big field, very competitive horses. The way she did it with the soft ground, come from way back, had to go around a couple of horses – I went a little wide – all those situations. She really came through.”
Stainless stayed near the rear with Rushing Fall until the winner began progressing forward. Following her around the corner, Stainless wasn’t able to maintain the same burst down the stretch but still managed to nip Cash Out by a head at the finish line. Layla Noor was a length in front of Sugar Queen to complete the superfecta. Sunny Skies, Mentality, Rosie O’Prado, Punto de Entrada, She’s All Skeet, Breaking Beauty, Madame X., Lady O’Toole, and Miss Mo Mentum completed the order of finish. Thewayiam (trainer) and Go Noni Go (also-eligible) were scratched.
Off as the prohibitive at 4/5, Rushing Fall is a 2-year-old daughter of More Than Ready. She won her debut at Belmont Park on September 16 using a similar late burst.
“Extremely impressive, but I’m not surprised,” Brown said. “She identified herself as special the first time we breezed her on the turf for us. We are lucky to have her.”
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner, New Money Honey, hailed from the same trio of connections as Rushing Fall.
Rushing Fall returned $3.80 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.40 to show. Stainless brought back $14.40 to place and $11 to show, while Cash Out paid $6 to show.
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