Rushing Fall Remains Perfect, Cruises To Victory In Appalachian (G2) Presented By Japan Racing Association
Keeneland Press Release
LEXINGTON, KY (April 8, 2018) – E Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall made a successful return to the races by posting a one-length victory over Thewayiam (FR) in winning the 30th running of the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 9,192.
Earlier on the program, Riley Racing Stables, Jason and Megan Tackitt and Mike Hensen’s Gas Station Sushi won the 33rd running of the $150,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select for 3-year-old fillies.
In the Appalachian, Rushing Fall made her first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Del Mar in November. Trained by Chad Brown, Rushing Fall covered the mile on a turf course labeled as yielding in 1:38.66 under jockey Javier Castellano.
It is the third victory in the race for Brown, who won with Dayatthespa in 2012 and Lady Eli in 2015. The win also gave Brown his third stakes win of opening weekend, following the victory by Analyze It in Friday’s Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) and Good Magic in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2).
It was Castellano’s second Appalachian victory. He also won the race on Dayatthespa.
The victory was worth $120,000 and increased Rushing Fall’s bankroll to $805,000 with her third graded stakes score. She also won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) here last fall.
Rushing Fall is a Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready out of the Forestry mare Autumnal.
Longshot Lounge Act led the field of nine through early fractions of :24.67, :49.91 and 1:15.09 as Castellano had Rushing Fall rating in fourth and racing in the clear.
On the far turn, Rushing Fall moved to the leaders, assuming command entering the stretch. She repulsed a bid from Daddy Is a Legend, who had missed the break, drew clear and held off Thewayiam (FR).
Rushing Fall returned $3, $2.20 and $2.10. Thewayiam, who came to the race with a three-race win streak, paid $3.20 and $2.40 under Jose Ortiz with Goodthingstaketime (IRE) finishing another 1½ lengths back in third and paying $3.40 to show under Joel Rosario.
Finishing another neck back in fourth was Daddy Is a Legend. She was followed in order by Beach Waltz, Heavenly Love, She’s Pretty Lucky, Lounge Act and Dixie Moon.