SARATOGA SPRINGS — Missed a start, but hasn’t missed a step.
Feeling a little sick when the time came for the Grade I Belmont Oaks on July 7, Rushing Fall had to skip the race. But last year’s winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf showed she’s back on her game Saturday with a win in the Grade II, $300,000 Lake Placid on a yielding Mellon Turf Course.
Javier Castellano earned his third overall Lake Placid victory aboard the 3-year-old filly.
“I like the way she ran on the yielding turf,” Castellano said. “I think we took advantage of it.”
Rushing Fall’s owner, Bob Edwards, told trainer Chad Brown to skip the Belmont Oaks and to let him know when she was right.
“I called him up last week and said, ‘You know, I think we should run her in the Lake Placid, she’s acting right again,’ and we decided to go,” said Brown, who notched his meet-dominating 29th win.
Rushing Fall, the 6-5 favorite, stayed just off pace setter Go Noni Go, started to make her move exiting the far turn and took over in the stretch. She finished the 1 ⅛ miles in 1 minute, 51.86 seconds, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Capla Temptress.
“She obviously handled the soft going well; we expected her to,” Brown said. “Javier really ran a great race, adapted to the slow pace. He let her lay really close. He thought a mile and an eighth might be a little far for her, but he really waited to push the button on her, and when he did, she responded. So proud of her.”
Brown said he is considering running Rushing Fall next in either the Grade II Sands Point on Sept. 15 at Belmont Park or the Grade I Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland.
A Women in Racing Symposium will be held at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Featured guests will be Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, all-time leading female trainer Linda Rice, champion steeplechase jockey Blythe Miller Davies, top owner/breeder Charlotte Weber, Tampa Bay Downs owner Stella Thayer and racing analyst Gabby Gaudet. Television racing analyst Charlsie Cantey will moderate.
Following the event, Krone will sign autographs for $15 each from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Museum.
Been a long time
Race 1 winner Arch of the Diver earns the prize so far at this meet for winning a race off the longest break. The 4-year-old filly hasn’t raced since Sept. 17, 2016.
It also gave trainer Graham Motion his first win of the meet.
The third giveaway of the track season will be a sweatshirt blanket on Monday, with each paid admission.
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