Keeneland fans should be familiar with e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall, one of trainer Chad Brown’s many talented turf fillies who have raced at Keeneland. On Saturday, Rushing Fall will bid for her third Keeneland stakes win in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).
A year ago, Rushing Fall arrived here for the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) after winning her career debut at Belmont. She captured the Keeneland stakes as the 9-10 favorite and earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), which she also won.
The filly returned to Keeneland in April, making her 2018 debut in the Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. After winning that race, Brown indicated he planned to return her for the QE II. In between, she was nailed at the finish of the Edgewood (G3) at Churchill Downs and defeated QE II entrants Capla Temptress (IRE) and Daddy Is a Legend in the Lake Placid (G2) in August.
One member of Brown’s team who has spent a lot of time with Rushing Fall is assistant trainer
Whit Beckman, who mostly has been with the Brown string in New York.
“She’s an even-tempered, quiet filly around the barn,” Beckman, who has worked for Brown for 2½ years, said. “Never had an issue training her. She’s always been pretty honest. She’s just a pleasure to have around. She’s a good one.”
Brown first won the QE II in 2012 with Dayatthespa, who also had won the Appalachian during the Spring Meet. Dayatthespa returned to win Keeneland’s 2014 First Lady (G1), and she earned the Eclipse Award that year as champion turf female.
On Oct. 6, he scored his 24th Keeneland stakes victory when A Raving Beauty (GER) took the First Lady.