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.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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