LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2017) – Baldo Hernandez, assistant to trainer Chad Brown, was all smiles Thursday morning and with good reason.
Their filly Rushing Fall romped to a 31⁄4-length victory in Wednesday’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) to add another major player to the Brown roster of Breeders’ Cup horses that numbers in the double figures.
“She is good this morning,”’ Hernandez said. “I think she may stay here (instead of returning to New York); we’ll see what happens.”
The victory secured a spot in the starting gate for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Del Mar. The Juvenile Fillies Turf has produced three of Brown’s eight Breeders’ Cup winners starting with Maram in 2008, Lady Eli in 2014 and last year with New Money Honey.
Rushing Fall is owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, the same ownership as New Money Honey, who will go for her third Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End.