Bob Edwards and his e Five Racing Thoroughbreds had never won a race at Saratoga, but Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf champion Rushing Fall changed that on Saturday. The 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, ridden by Javier Castellano in the Grade 2 Lake Placid, sat just off the pacesetter and exploded in the stretch, crossing the wire 2 3/4 lengths ahead of runner up Capla Temptress. Trained by Chad Brown, Rushing Fall was the 6-5 favorite despite suffering the first defeat of her career last out. She completed nine furlongs over a yielding turf course in 1:51.86.
“She ran great,” Brown said. “She obviously handled the soft going well. We expected her to. Javier really rode a great race and adapted to the slow pace. He let her lay really close and a mile and an eighth may be a little far for her, but he really waited to push the button on her and when he did she really responded. I'm so proud of her. She got beat at Churchill a day before the [Kentucky] Derby, her first defeat, [then] shipped back home and wasn't quite right. I really wanted to run her in the [Grade 1] Belmont Oaks but she couldn't make it and Bob Edwards was patient and it certainly paid off today.”
As expected, Go Noni Go leapt to the front of the field heading into the clubhouse turn, but Castellano kept Rushing Fall just off that pacesetter through fractions of :25.29 and :50.20. Down the backstretch, Go Noni Go stretched her advantage to just over a length while Castellano had a firm hold on Rushing Fall. That pair was tracked by a three-wide Andina Del Sur, followed by Significant Form, Daddy Is A Legend, Thewayiam, and Capla Temptress.
Rounding the far turn, Rushing Fall moved into the lead all under her own power; Castellano had yet to even drop down into the saddle as she turned for home with a 3/4-length advantage. As soon as Castellano asked, Rushing Fall exploded away from the field and continued on down the lane, cruising under the wire with a 2 3/4-length victory. Capla Temptress came flying down the center of the turf to secure second, and Daddy Is A Legend got up for third.
“I like the way she ran on the yielding turf,” Castellano said. “I think we took advantage of it. All the credit goes to Chad Brown. He was patient with the filly. Skipping the [Lake George] paid off today. She's a nice filly and she did excellent.”
Bred in Kentucky by Fred Hertrich and John Fielding, Rushing Fall was a $320,000 yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale. Selected by agent Mike Ryan, she has won five of her six career starts and boasts earnings of over $1 million.
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