LEXINGTON, Ky. &ndash; Rushing Fall will return to the scene of her career breakthrough as a solid favorite Saturday in a prospective field of nine 3&#45;year&#45;old turf fillies in the Grade 1, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.It was last October here in her second race, the Jessamine, that Rushing Fall drew national attention with an eye&#45;catching 3 1/4&#45;length triumph. That race catapulted her to a victory in the Breeders&rsquo; Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar and made her a finalist for a divisional Eclipse Award.Since then, Rushing Fall has raced three times, all for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and trainer Chad Brown. The daughter of More Than Ready won the Grade 2 Appalachian here in the spring, then suffered her lone defeat when second in the Grade 3 Edgewood on Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs. She won the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga in her lone interim appearance.Last Saturday morning at Belmont Park, Rushing Fall had her final pre&#45;race breeze toward the 1 1/8&#45;mile QE II when going five furlongs in 1:00.80 around the dogs over a yielding turf course. She was scheduled to arrive at Keeneland early this week.&ldquo;She&rsquo;s training really well,&rdquo; Brown said Sunday from New York.Rushing Fall will not proceed to the Breeders&rsquo; Cup Filly and Mare Turf, owing to the longer 1 3/8&#45;mile distance of that Nov. 3 race at Churchill. She is one of nine fillies likely for the QE II, the sixth and last Grade 1 race of the 17&#45;day Keeneland fall meet.In alphabetical order, those expected for the QE II are Beyond Blame, Capla Temptress, Daddy Is a Legend, Fatale Bere, Mission Impassible, Nyaleti, Princess Warrior, Rushing Fall, and Secret Message.Pollara, also trained by Brown, was a 10th invitee but will not run.Friday feature a deep oneThere&rsquo;ll be pretty much something for everyone Friday when a full gate loads up for the Grade 3 Franklin County Stakes. Filly&#45;mare turf sprinters from the East, West, and in&#45;between circuits jammed the entry box, and the result is quite possibly the deepest field in the 22&#45;year history of the $100,000 race.Among the top contenders are Morticia, the 2017 winner for G. Watts Humphrey and trainer Rusty Arnold; Belvoir Bay, winner of the Grade 2 Monrovia in May and arguably the top performer in this niche in California; Ruby Notion, a stakes winner at Saratoga and Kentucky Downs in her last two starts; and Chanteline, who got a 104 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the Smart N Fancy at Saratoga last out. In all, 16 are on the program, with only as many as 14 allowed to start. A cold front is expected to move into the Lexington area late this week, as sunshine and highs of about 60 are forecast for Friday and Saturday.◗ Tom Leach was back at work Sunday at Keeneland, but he couldn&rsquo;t have been blamed for begging off.Leach, the radio play&#45;by&#45;play announcer for University of Kentucky football, was on the team&rsquo;s charter flight that touched down in Lexington at about 3 a.m. Sunday following a grueling overtime loss Saturday night to Texas A&M in College Station, Tex.&ldquo;I was up at 7:30 handicapping the Sunday card,&rdquo; said Leach, who is teaming with Jesse Ullery most days at the 17&#45;day fall meet on the in&#45;house telecasts at Keeneland. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll catch up on my rest sometime soon, I guess.&rdquo;◗ Heart to Heart, winner of the Grade 1 Maker&rsquo;s 46 Mile here in April, will be freshened ahead of the Gulfstream Park championship meet after fading to ninth Saturday in the Shadwell Mile, said trainer Brian Lynch. Heart to Heart, a 7&#45;year&#45;old horse, has 15 wins and more than $2 million in earnings from 38 starts.