‘Fall’ in the Air at Keeneland

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7th at KEE, Gr. Stk, $150,000GIII JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. (1 1/16m)Winner: Rushing Fall, f, 2 by More Than Ready

Rushing Fall | Coady photo

eFive Racing’s Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) was tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after capturing her one-mile debut at Belmont Sept. 16 in eye-catching fashion, and the bay made it two-for-two Wednesday with a furious late rally to annex the GIII JP Morgan Chase Jessamine S.–a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Nov. 3 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. A daughter of More Than Ready, Rushing Fall seemed impossibly far out of it down the backside but inhaled her foes with a prolonged rally to score.

“[She was] extremely impressive, but I’m not surprised,” trainer Chad Brown said. “She identified herself as special the first time we breezed her on the turf for us. We are lucky to have her.”

Rushing Fall was bumped a bit at the start and then got squeezed back as the field condensed heading into the clubhouse turn. Traveling third-last at the fence in the 14-filly bunch behind splits of :23.40 and :48.79, Rushing Fall angled off the inside heading into the far bend and started to pick up her heels after three-quarters in 1:14.51. Having to swing seven or eight wide at the top of the lane and still with a lot to do, the heavy favorite kicked into gear fully by midstretch and rocketed to the front just outside the sixteenth marker, speeding clear from there to a dazzling success.

“She doesn’t have much speed in the beginning of the race,” Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano said. “I let her fall out of there and see how the race developed. There was a little more speed in the race, and I wanted her to feel comfortable. Turning for home, I just asked her a little bit and she gave me another gear.”

The buzz was out on Rushing Fall prior to her career unveiling– which was delayed a few weeks after a Sept. 4 Saratoga maiden race was rained off the grass–and the $320,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga buy did not disappoint, passing eight horses and dropping a :22.66 final quarter-mile en route to a comfortable victory. With Brown sending out Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form (Creative Cause) to a triumph in the Oct. 1 GIII Miss Grillo S. back home in New York, the accomplished trainer took advantage of an extra week-and-a-half and dispatched Rushing Fall to the Bluegrass to claim another Breeders’ Cup berth.

Castellano said he has plenty of confidence in the filly’s ability going forward.

“The way she did it today, very amazing,” he said. “Big field, very competitive horses. The way she did it with the soft ground, [to] come from way back, [to] go around a couple of horses–I went a little wide–all those situations. She really came through.”

Pedigree Notes:

The winner is a half to stakes winner and three-time graded stakes-placed Milam (Street Sense). Her dam is also responsible for a yearling filly by Candy Ride (Arg) and was bred to Frosted this spring. Second dam Marie J. (Mr. Prospector) was also graded stakes-placed, and this is the deep family of GISW Albert the Great (Go For Gin).

 

JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE S.-GIII, $150,000, KEE, 10-11, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:46.20, sf.
1–RUSHING FALL, 118, f, 2, by More Than Ready
1st Dam: Autumnal, by Forestry
2nd Dam: Marie J, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: In My Cap, by Vice Regent
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. TDN Rising Star. ($320,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-e Five Racing
Thoroughbreds; B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Javier Castellano. $90,000. Lifetime
Record: 2-2-0-0, $135,000. *1/2 to Milam (Street Sense), SW & MGSP, $239,651. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Stainless, 118, f, 2, Flatter–Spring Storm, by Unbridled’s Song. ($30,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $75,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-StarLadies Racing; B-Sienna Farms LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $30,000. 3–Cash Out, 118, f, 2, Street Cry (Ire)–Deal of the Decade, by Tiznow. O/B-G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. (KY); T-George R. Arnold, II. $15,000.
Margins: 3 1/4, HD, 1HF. Odds: 0.90, 28.20, 24.20.
Also Ran: Layla Noor, Sugar Queen, Sunny Skies, Mentality, Rosie O’Prado, Punto de Entrada, She’s All Skeet, Breaking Beauty, Madame X., Lady O’Toole, Miss Mo Mentum. Scratched: Go Noni Go, Thewayiam (Fr). Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

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