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Rushing Fall delivers as odds-on favorite to win JPMorgan Chase Jessamine at Keeneland

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.

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. (Keeneland Photo)

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.

Wuheida, New Money Honey Headline Field of 11 for $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

Godolphin Racing’s Group 1 winner Wuheida (GB) and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) winner, New Money Honey, headline a stellar roster of 11 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 34th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

The race, run at 1 1/8 miles on the Keeneland turf course, will be the ninth on Keeneland’s 10-race Saturday program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Charles Appleby, Wuheida broke her maiden at first asking last year at Newmarket and then won the Total Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches (G1) with the jockey who will ride her in the QE II, William Buick.

This year she has knocked heads with the best fillies and mares in Europe, racing exclusively in Group 1 company. In her most recent start, she finished fourth, beaten only a half-length, in the Prix de l’Opera on Oct. 1 at Chantilly.

Wuheida will break from post position seven.

New Money Honey, who also has a victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational on her resume, returns to the grass following a fifth-place finish in the Alabama (G1).

Trained by Chad Brown, New Money Honey has Grade 3 turf wins in the Miss Grillo and Wonder Again and returns to Keeneland, where she made her 2017 debut with a sixth-place finish in the Appalachian Presented by Japan Racing Association (G3).

Regular rider Javier Castellano has the mount and will break from post position 11.

Brown has one other starter in the race in Uni (GB). Owned by the partnership of Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables, Uni has raced three times in the U.S. and enters Saturday’s race off a victory in the Sands Point (G2) at Belmont on Sept. 16.

Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount on Uni and will break from post position 10.

The field for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End, with riders, is: Con Te Partiro (Mike Smith), Proctor’s Ledge (Corey Lanerie), Daddys Lil Darling (Robby Albarado), Dream Dancing (Julien Leparoux), Unforgetable Filly (GB) (Josephine Gordon), La Coronel (Jose Lezcano), Wuheida (GB) (Buick, 121), Madam Dancealot (IRE) (Jamie Theriot), Beau Recall (IRE) (Joe Talamo), Uni (GB) (Ortiz Jr.) and New Money Honey (Castellano). All starters will carry 121 pounds.

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