Quotes from the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3)

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Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 -- Click here for a replay of the race followed by the post-race interview with the winning connections.

Chad Brown (winning trainer of Rushing Fall via text)

“Extremely impressive, but I’m not surprised. She identified herself as special the first time we breezed her on the turf for us. We are lucky to have her.”

Javier Castellano (winning rider)

On whether he knew Rushing Fall was capable of such a come-from-behind run

“Absolutely. The way she ran the first time, that’s the impression she gave me. She doesn’t have much speed in the beginning of the race. I let her fall out of there and see how the race developed. There was a little more speed in the race, and I wanted her to feel comfortable. Turning for home, I just asked her a little bit and she gave me another gear.

“The way she did it today, very amazing. Big field, very competitive horses. The way she did it with the soft ground, come from way back, had to go around a couple of horses – I went a little wide – all those situations. She really came through.”

Manny Franco (rider of runner-up Stainless)

“She broke a little bit slow. I didn’t want to rush her after that, and I followed the winner all the way around. She was second best today. She liked the turf; she handled it better than dirt.”

Laurie Wolf of StarLadies Racing (owner of Stainless)

“She ran really well. It will be up to (trainer Todd Pletcher) on where she will run next. She did well and did much better coming out of the gate than her last race (when she stumbled at the start). Todd liked the way she worked on the turf and thought she would like it better."

Florent Geroux (rider of third-place finisher Cash Out)

“I wish I could have tucked in a little bit more, but other than that I thought she ran great. She showed a lot of fight. She broke sharply, I took my time with her and she put me in the race. I was close to where I wanted to be, but I wish I could have been closer to the pace than where I was.”

 

 

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