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E Five Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall collared pacesetting Jolie Olimpica (BRZ) at the eighth pole and then drew clear to win the Coolmore Jenny Wiley by three-quarters of a length.
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in a course-record 1:39.02.
Jolie Olimpica set the pace with fractions of :23.42, :46.94 and 1:10.10 with Rushing Fall in closest pursuit. Rushing Fall began closing the gap on the far turn but was unable to draw on even terms until midstretch where she began to slowly inch away.
Rushing Fall’s fifth Grade 1 victory was worth $210,000 and increased her earnings to $2,278,000 with a record of 13-10-2-0.
The 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready out of the Forestry mare Autumnal notched her fifth Keeneland stakes victory, a total that trails only the record seven owned by Wise Dan.
Rushing Fall won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) in 2017, the Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) in 2018 and the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) in 2019. She joins Intercontinental (GB) in 2004-2005 as the only repeat Coolmore Jenny Wiley winner.
She becomes the third horse since 1976 to win Grade 1 stakes as age 2, 3, 4 and 5 joining Lady Eli and Beholder.
Rushing Fall returned $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10. Jolie Olimpica, ridden by Mike Smith, returned $5.20 and $3.60 with Juliet Foxtrot (GB) finishing third another half-length back under Tyler Gaffalione and paying $3.20 to show.
It was another 1¼ lengths back to Altea (FR) and Toinette, who dead-heated for fourth with Secret Message, La Signare (FR) and Mucho Unusual completing the field in order.
Coolmore Jenny Wiley Quotes
Bob Edwards, whose e Five Racing Thoroughbreds owns Rushing Fall: “She’s tenacious and once she got a nose ahead, she wasn’t letting up. She was going to bury her.”
On Rushing Fall winning Grade 1 races each year from ages 2-5: “It’s a dream come true. Everyone wishes for a horse like this. I hope I get another one in my racing career like her. This is just phenomenal. We’re all sitting around watching it at the house. I’m still shaking. The adrenaline spike is still there even when you’re watching from your couch. And not a terrible day for Chad (Brown).”
Javier Castellano: “She’s the type of horse that she doesn’t have to be on the lead. Today it worked out great. I could keep track of the front runners. The way she did it is amazing. She’s a really nice filly.”