Keeneland Press Release

 

Javier Castellano (winning rider)

Winner of four consecutive Eclipse Awards jockey Javier Castellano

“She was very comfortable rating. I know the pace was slow today. I didn’t expect her to be too close to the pace, but the way the race unfolded, I took it from there. She was much the best. She’s one of the best fillies I’ve ridden in my career. Thankful to be part of the team.”

Jose Ortiz (rider of runner-up Thewayiam [FR])

Jose Ortiz

“The trip was perfect, I followed Javier (Castellano) the whole way around there. I knew that (Rushing Fall) was the horse to beat. They made an early move right when we passed the three-eighths pole, and I thought that was going to benefit me. And I did dig in for second; my filly was running from the eighth pole to the wire. The winner was the best today, she’s a really nice filly and so was mine. It surprised me a bit that they moved a little early. It means that she’s really good.”

Joel Rosario (rider of third-place finisher Goodthingstaketime [IRE])

“She broke well. She relaxed very well. The horses on the outside were moving as we were turning for home. I just held my spot and tried to get the jump on (Rushing Fall) before she started to make a move. There was a little weaving in the lane, but she tried hard. I was third best today.”

Joe Bravo (rider of fourth-place finisher Daddy Is a Legend)

“It is just her habit to wait when the gates open. I certainly would like to come out faster, but I have to wait on her. That put her very far back, but for her first race back (from a 4½-month layoff), I am very proud of her.”