Rushing Fall Stays Perfect With Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Win
Rushing Fall © Eclipse Sportswire
DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2017) – E Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall ($8) swept to the lead in upper stretch to win the 10th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) for 2-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length over Best Performance on Friday afternoon at Del Mar racetrack to kick off the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:36.09 in winning her third race in as many starts. The victory was a repeat for all the human connections of Rushing Fall, who were represented in the winner’s circle last year by New Money Honey.
The victory was the fourth in the race for Brown, who now has nine Breeders’ Cup victories. His other Juvenile Fillies Turf winners are Maram (2008), Lady Eli (2014) and New Money Honey last year. Castellano won his eighth Breeders’ Cup race and second in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Winning trainer Chad Brown (Rushing Fall and fourth-place Significant Form) -- “Both fillies ran very well. The other filly ran terrific. She was too close to the early pace and made the first move and fortunately it took its toll on her the last sixteenth.
(On Rushing Fall) Javier (Castellano) rode a great race. The key was going out of that post and getting a spot in the first half of the field which he accomplished. From there, with a nice pace in front of us, he was comfortable where he was and he moved when he felt the time was right. She has a devastating move when you turn her loose.”
Winning jockey Javier Castellano (Rushing Fall) – “We had a little bit of a rough trip going into the first turn, but I was lucky to be able to save some ground in the first turn and then get to the outside. I had a perfect trip after that.
"She's a very professional filly. I love the way she does things. She’s a very special filly. She’s 3-for-3 and has won on soft turf and firm turf.”
Second-place trainer Christophe Clement (Best Performance) – “She’s a wonderful filly. She tried very hard. We will live to fight another day when she will be the bride instead of the bridesmaid.”
Second-place jockey Jose Ortiz (Best Performance) – “She ran very well. Broke well. I was in a good position then was shuffled back a little on the second turn. But when I asked her to go she gave me a good turn of foot.”
Third-place trainer Aidan O’Brien (September) – “She missed the break but finished well. She had run a good race. I have two nice fillies for next year.”
Third-place jockey Seamus Heffernan (September) – “All the Europeans seemed to miss the break. I did and that is the advantage the Americans have over the Europeans.”
Jockey of beaten favorite Happily Ryan Moore – “She took too long to find a gear and by then it was too late and there was some horses in front of her.”