Rushing Fall Returns to Keeneland This Week for G1 QE II

(Rushing Fall won the 2017 Jessamine Stakes on the way to the Breeders’ Cup / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

E Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ brilliant Rushing Fall heads a field eight 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 35th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) contested at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

The QE II will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Chad Brown, Rushing Fall has won five of six career starts with her lone setback coming by a neck in the Edgewood (G3) at Churchill Downs in May. Rushing Fall won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) last fall at Del Mar and is 2-for-2 at Keeneland with victories in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) last fall and the Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association this spring.

Javier Castellano, who has been aboard Rushing Fall in all of her six starts, has the mount Saturday and will break from post position eight. Castellano teamed with Brown to win the 2012 QE II with Dayatthespa, and the rider also won the 2007 renewal on Bit of Whimsy.

Two other Grade 1 winners are in the field: Fatale Bere (FR), winner of the Del Mar Oaks, and Capla Temptress (IRE), winner of the Natalma.

Owned by the partnership of the Benowitz Family Trust, Head of Plains Partners, Mark Mathiesen and Mathilde Powell and trained by Leonard Powell, Fatale Bere was up in time to win the Del Mar Oaks by a neck in her most recent start.

Also a winner of the Providencia (G3) at 1 1/8 miles, Fatale Bere will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux and break from post position three.

Team Valor International’s Capla Temptress, trained by Bill Mott, who won this race in 2014 with Crown Queen, will be taking her third shot at Rushing Fall, having finished seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and second in the Lake Placid (G2).

Seventh in her most recent start in the Sands Point (G2), Capla Temptress will be ridden by Julien Leparoux and break from post position seven.

The field for the QE II, with riders from the inside, is: Nyaleti (IRE) (Corey Lanerie), Princess Warrior (Brian Hernandez Jr.), Fatale Bere (FR) (Desormeaux), Daddy Is a Legend (Robby Albarado), Mission Impassible (IRE) (Florent Geroux), SecretMessage (Jorge Vargas Jr.), Capla Temptress (IRE) (Leparoux) and Rushing Fall (Castellano). All starters carry 121 pounds.

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

PABLO MORALES, RIDER OF THE WINNER WELL DEFINED

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