Rushing Fall Delivers as Odds-On Favorite to Win JPMorgan Chase Jessamine
E Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall swept past the field with a devastating turn of foot to win the 27th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies by 3 1/4 lengths over Stainless before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 9,475.
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall earned a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Del Mar. It was the second victory in the race for Brown, who won in 2013 with Kitten Kaboodle.
Mentality led the field through opening fractions of :23.40 and :48.79 while Castellano had Rushing Fall near the back of the pack but racing in the clear.
Mentality was still in front when the field hit the top of the stretch, where Rushing Fall swung out widest of all and began picking off horses. She surged to the front inside the sixteenth pole and drew off with ease.
Rushing Fall, a Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready out of the Forestry mare Autumnal covered the 1 1/16 miles on a turf course labeled as “soft” in 1:46.20.
The victory was worth $90,000 and increased Rushing Fall’s earnings to $135,000 with two victories in two starts.
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of 14, Rushing Fall returned $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40. Stainless, ridden by Manny Franco, returned $14.40 and $11 with Cash Out finishing a head back in third under Florent Geroux and paying $6 to show.
Layla Noor finished fourth and was followed in order by Sugar Queen, Sunny Skies, Mentality, Rosie O’Prado, Punto de Entrada, She’s All Skeet, Breaking Beauty, Madame X., Lady O’Toole and Miss Mo Mentum.
Racing continues Thursday with a 10-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Keeneland will offer a Pick Six carryover of $3,955 and a Super High Five carryover of $5,660.