Owner Bob Edwards of e Five Thoroughbred Racing reported that six-time Grade 1-winner Rushing Fall will likely not have a start before the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Champions, slated for November 6-7 at Keeneland.
Last Sunday, the talented 5-year-old daughter of More Than Ready gave trainer Chad Brown a fifth straight victory in the 1 1/8-mile event for fillies and mares over the inner turf at Saratoga.
Rushing Fall has displayed versatility, winning all three of her starts this year over different turf courses, having captured the Grade 3 Beaugay on June 3 at Belmont Park and the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley on July 11 at Keeneland in a record time of 1:39.02. She added a hard-fought Diana score, out-dueling a stubborn Mean Mary down the Saratoga stretch.
“We’ll probably hold off until the Breeders’ Cup,” Edwards said. “If you look at her race pattern, I try to run her four or five times max. She owes us nothing and is stronger after the more time you give her. She broke the record in the Jenny Wiley and came close to breaking it here. There wasn’t any quitting with either of those two horses.”
Rushing Fall joined Lady Eli and Beholder as North American-based females to score Grade 1 triumphs at ages 2, 3, 4 and 5 having won at Keeneland during each of those campaigns.
“She’s gotten a lot stronger,” Edwards said. “You can see she’s a different horse this year than last year. She put on some weight during the offseason at Stonestreet in Ocala, and she came back more mature and more robust of a mare. Javier said she’s a lot calmer now and knows her job better.”
Both the Breeders’ Cup Mile against colts and Filly and Mare Turf could be in play for Rushing Fall, but the decision of which race she goes in will ultimately be left up to Brown. This year the Filly and Mare Turf will be contested at 1 3/16 miles and has been won by Brown four times.
“She’s in that big shed row of Grade 1 winners at Chad’s barn and we’re looking forward to regrouping and getting her to Keeneland,” Edwards said.
Bred in Kentucky by Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding, Rushing Fall is out of the Forestry broodmare Autumnal and was bought for $320,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.