11/03/2017 5:54PM

Rushing Fall remains unbeaten with BC Juvenile Fillies Turf win

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Debra A. Roma
Rushing Fall paid $8.00 in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Friday.

DEL MAR, Calif. - The venues were 115 miles apart, but the outcome was familiar.

Owner Bob Edwards, trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at a California track for the second consecutive year Friday.

Last year, New Money Honey proved best at Santa Anita. On Friday, Rushing Fall closed from ninth to win the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf to remain unbeaten after three starts.

“Wow,” Edwards said, reflecting on his success. “It’s really impressive.

“She’s a turf rocket.”

Rushing Fall ($8) won by three-quarters of a length over 15-1 Best Performance. September, a 5-1 shot from Ireland, finished third. Rushing Fall was timed in 1:36.09 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85.

Castellano said he was farther back in the field than he preferred, but Rushing Fall displayed a remarkable rally to reach the front with a furlong remaining.

“She broke well and she put me in a good position,” Castellano said. “I lost my position, but I didn’t panic. Turning for home, it was amazing. She had a powerful kick.”

Rushing Fall gave Brown a record fourth win in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, which was first run in 2008.

The second choice, Rushing Fall broke from post 11 and was ninth early while racing four-wide. Juliet Capulet, who broke from post 13, was rushed to the lead and dueled with Moon Dash through early fractions of 23.04 seconds for an opening quarter-mile and 47.23 for a half-mile.

Those runners were out of contention entering the stretch, leaving Significant Form, another Brown-trained filly, in a prominent position before she faded in the final furlong. Rushing Fall raced six-wide into the stretch to prove best in her first start since a win in the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 11.

“She was able to overcome a short turnaround and a challenging post position,” Brown said. “Those were two things that concerned me. She had a good start for her and that made a difference.”

Significant Form finished fourth, followed by Fatale Bere, Dixie Moon, Capla Temptress, Now You’re Talking, Orbolution, Moon Dash, Juliet Capulet, Ultima D, Madeline, and Happily.

Happily was the 2-1 favorite following two consecutive wins in Group 1 races in Ireland and France. She raced on the inside and was steadied in the first turn. Happily was never closer than 10th under jockey Ryan Moore.

“Ryan looked after her,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said. “He knew early that his chances were gone.”

Best Performance was second for the fifth consecutive time in a stakes. She was beaten a length by Significant Form in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.

“She ran very well,” trainer Christophe Clement said. “We keep finishing second and she will win a big one someday. We’ll keep her happy and keep her sound and we’ll be back.”

September, trained by O’Brien, closed from last in a field of 14 to finish 1 3/4 lengths behind Rushing Fall. Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, September broke from post 10, one position to the inside of Rushing Fall.

“I had a wide draw,” Heffernan said. “I wanted to take my time and I wanted a strong gallop. It wasn’t strong enough.”

Rushing Fall was purchased for $320,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale and has earned $685,000.

Rushing Fall had her first start in a maiden race at a mile at Belmont Park on Sept. 16. Less than seven weeks later, Rushing Fall was in the winner’s circle of a Breeders’ Cup race.

“Chad was confident,” Edwards said. “When he saw her last winter, he said, 'I’ll take her to the Breeders’ Cup.' ”

For Edwards, Brown, and Castellano, the journey to Del Mar was a familiar one.