Rushing Fall Delivers as Overwhelming Favorite in Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End


LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 13, 2018) – E Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall assumed command shortly after the break, set leisurely fractions while left alone on the lead and cruised to a 1¼-length victory over Mission Impassible (IRE) to win the 35th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 23,872 on a brisk Saturday afternoon.


Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall covered the 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:50.42. It was the second victory in the race for Brown, who won the 2012 running with Dayatthespa and the third for Castellano who won aboard Dayatthespa and Bit of Whimsy in 2007.

Rushing Fall’s $2.80 win payoff was the lowest in the history of the race, eclipsing the $3.20 payoff by Sintra in the inaugural running in 1984.

Fatale Bere (FR) and Secret Message were fractious at the gate and when the stalls opened Fatale Bere seized a quick advantage only to be passed by Rushing Fall before the field raced past the finish line the first time.

Racing uncontested on the lead, Rushing Fall cruised through fractions of :23.91, :49.22 and 1:14.82 with Fatale Bere in closest pursuit. On the far turn, Mission Impassible started to close in and by the time the field hit the top of the stretch Fatale Bere had backed out of the fray.

Rushing Fall turned back a sustained bid through the stretch by Mission Impassible and was pulling away at the wire.

With her second Grade 1 victory, Rushing Fall added $300,000 to her bankroll that swelled to $1,308,000. It was her third Keeneland stakes victory with previous triumphs coming in last fall’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) and this spring’s Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. Her other Grade 1 victory came in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

A Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready out of the Forestry mare Autumnal, Rushing Fall owns a record of 7-6-1-0.

Rushing Fall returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Mission Impassible, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $5.60 and $3.40 and finished 4¾ lengths in front of Nyaleti (IRE), who paid $3.40 to show under Corey Lanerie.

It was another three-quarters of a length back to Princess Warrior in fourth with Capla Temptress (IRE), Secret Message and Fatale Bere completing the field in order.

Racing continues Sunday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.



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