Rushing Fall has already proven to be a special talent, breaking her maiden in her career debut at Belmont Park on Sept. 16 for trainer Chad Brown and her owners, e Five Racing Thoroughbreds. She stormed from the back that day, kicking 6-wide at the top of the stretch, to easily catch and surpass all of the early leaders and bolt off to an impressive 11/4-length victory.

But this daughter of More Than Ready, who was purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale a year ago for $320,000, may be on the cusp of being a talent that becomes something special.  We will learn a lot more this afternoon when the filly takes out a classy field in the G3 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland.

Obviously, by virtue of her purchase price that was signed for by top Thoroughbred bloodstock agent Mike Ryan, this filly had the looks, as a yearling. After all, she would not have been selected to one of the world’s most prestigious sales if she had not looked the part.

And, obvious by her first try on the grass at Belmont, the filly has a bit of run in her, too.  Those that can spring from 9th to first in the matter of a couple of furlongs don’t come along very often.

But the thing that may surprise you is that this filly has the pedigree to match, as well. Let’s take a closer look:

The first dam, Autumnal, who is by Forestry, only raced three times and she finished her career with a second at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York on Nov. 27, 2005.  But she must have been quite a looker, too.  At the Keeneland September Sale in 2004, agent John Ferguson — who made a living buying yearlings for the ruling family of Dubai — signed the ticket for her at $550,000. He must have imagined grand things from this family.

While Autumnal wasn’t to bring those grand things on the track, she did bring a powerful page behind her.  Her dam, Marie J, was by one of the game’s greatest sires — Mr. Prospector.  And, she was a runner. She was Graded Stakes Placed in her 11 race career, with 2 wins, 1 second and 3 thirds.  Marie J, bred by Hermitage Farm, ran fourth to the great Countess Diana in the 1997 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The second dam, In My Cap, was even better.  She was a multiple Stakes Winner, who had 8 wins, 3 seconds and a third in 17 career starts and amassed a total of $443,000 in earnings for her owner Sam-Son Farm and breeder E.P. Taylor.

The third dam was Passing Look, who was multiple Stakes Placed winner, with a record of 4-4-6 in 30 lifetime starts.

The broodmare sires for the dams that run through Rushing Fall are Forestry, Mr. Prospector, Vice Regent, Buckpasser, Sir Gaylord, Alibhai, and Burgoo King. Not bad.

So, it is with a world of talent and a world of genetic success that Rushing Fall enters her first foray into the Stakes world today.  If history holds, she will be a tough customer.