Rushing Fall takes 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
November 03, 2017 12:31pm
Rushing Fall wins BC Juvenile Fillies Turf 2017
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Rushing Fall brought a big outside run in Friday’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf to stay unbeaten in her promising career.

Trained by Chad Brown and under the guidance of jockey Javier Castellano, the daughter of More Than Ready moved to a perfect 3-for-3, taking the first Breeders’ Cup race of the two-day championships at Del Mar.


When asked about how good Rushing Fall is, Castellano said, “We don’t know.”


It was a repeat from last year’s race, when owner eFive Racing teamed with Brown and Castellano to win with New Money Honey. The victory gave Castellano his eighth overall Breeders’ Cup win, and Brown’s fourth win in this race.


“They found us a nice filly to work with,” Brown said of the $320,000 yearling purchase. “She was broken and trained at Stonestreet down in Ocala...and they sent her in so far in front of the others. From there, my great staff just worked with her.


At the break, the horses from the outside, Juliet Capulet and Moon Dash, were quick to get to the front. Ultima D, Significant Form, Orbolution, and Madeline fell next in line. The favorite, Happily, broke from post two and settled far back on the rail, while Rushing Fall settled mid-pack on the outside. Best Performance was to Rushing Fall’s inside, with Capla Temptress, Fatale Bere and Now You’re Talking toward the rear. September, who missed the break, settled in last.


Moon Dash led the opening half-mile in fractions of :23.04 and :47.23. Castellano and Rushing Fall started to move behind stablemate Significant From, picking off horses as they went. Meanwhile, Happily found nowhere to move on the rail and failed to fire.


The front end fell apart and the ones behind took over. The Brown duo was head and head as three-quarters went in 1:11.93, with Fatale Bere, Best Performance, and September giving chase. Rushing Fall and Castellano took control and left the others in pursuit, finishing the mile in 1:36.09 and winning by three-quarters of a length.


As the 3-1 second choice, Rushing Fall paid $8.00, $4.60, and $3.40. Her share of the $1 million purse boosted her earnings to $685,000.

Brown said he didn't see the filly for three weeks as she shipped to Keeneland last month for a victory in the Grade 3 Jessamine, another rallying score.

"That's what good staff I have and how much I trust them," Brown said. "Without a good team, you can't do it."

By Christine Oser


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