There’s exclusive company in the ranks of horses who have won Grade 1 stakes at ages 2,3,4 and 5. When Rushing Fall exits the gate in the Jenny Wiley on Saturday, she’ll be looking to join the ranks of Beholder and Lady Eli as the only ones to have accomplished the feat since 1976, and Intercontinental as the only ones to win the Jenny Wiley multiple times.
Her owner, Bob Edwards, said on Tuesday that if the daughter of More Than Ready has a chance at accomplishing the feat, she’ll have to beat some stiff competition, including Altea, who is trained by Chad Brown, who trains Rushing Fall.
“When she goes in that gate, especially early in the season coming off that layoff, she’s ready to roll,” Edwards said. “Her ears are ready, she kind of looks at the competition and of late she’s been just out and just kind of wiring everybody.”
The mare is coming off of a win in her last race, the Beaugay (G3), and has won more races than she has lost over the course of her career, including the 2019 iteration of the Jenny Wiley.
Edwards said that Rushing Fall is looking the best she has ever looked in training, and put on some weight in the offseason as she looks to continue her dominance at Keeneland, where she has won four graded stakes races in the past.
“It was a conscious decision to run her this year,” Edwards said. “Not to go after [Lady Eli and Beholder], but just to run because racing’s fun. We love racing as a family and the sport itself is great to have something that you can be competitive with it on a regular basis.”
Though it would have been a very obvious move to retire the mare after last season, Edwards opted to keep her on the track. However, he said the end of Rushing Fall’s racing career might not be far off, though he didn’t want her Keeneland career to end on her fourth-place finish in October’s First Lady Stakes.
“I thought maybe we take her back to the farm and let them evaluate her,” Edwards said. “Kind of tell me within a few months of being on the farm, should I keep going or should I retire? The moment she got back at the track after a nice rest, she was ready and she looked like she wanted to come back.”
To win the race and enter the history books, Rushing Fall will have to beat another horse trained by Chad Brown. Edwards said that competition comes with the territory.
“You got to be competitive,” Edwards said. “You’re gonna run against him if he’s training you or if he’s not. At some level, at some place in the country if you’re gonna race on a Saturday on the grass, you’re gonna run against a Chad horse. And he’s done good by us.”
|Rank||Silks||Horse / Sire||Rating||Trainer / Jockey||Last Start||Status|
R. Santana, Jr.
More Than Ready
Mucho Macho Man