Rushing Fall Nominated to Penn Mile, Penn Oaks At Penn National June 2 - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Rushing Fall Nominated to Penn Mile, Penn Oaks At Penn National June 2

Rushing Fall, shown winning the Appalachian earlier this year

eFive Racing Thoroughbreds' Rushing Fall, runner-up in the 2017 Eclipse Award balloting for champion two-year-old filly honors, headlines a glistening list of 43 nominations for the Grade 2, $500,000 Penn Mile, the richest race of the year at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Trained by Chad Brown, runaway Eclipse Award winner as the nation's top trainer last year, Rushing Fall won the first four starts of her career before being beaten by a neck last time out in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs. Before that she won the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, the Grade 2 Appalachian and the Grade 3 Jessamine.

In just five years, the Penn Mile, to be run June 2, has established itself as one of the most important turf races for three-year-olds in the country. In 2014, Bobby's Kitten won the Penn Mile and went on to win the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Two years later, Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Catch a Glimpse captured the race.

The Penn Mile anchors a stakes-laden race card offering $1.3 million in purses. The day, which begins with a special 3:45 p.m. first-race post time, also includes the $200,000 Penn Oaks, a mile turf race for three-year-old fillies; the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup, a five-furlong turf sprint for three-year-olds and up; and the inaugural running of the $100,000 Penn Ladies Dash, a five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares three-years-old and up.

All told, the four open stakes races attracted a total of 190 nominees.

Additionally, there are three $100,000 stakes races for Pennsylvania-breds on the card: The Lyphard Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf face for fillies and mares three-years-old and up, the Danzig Stakes, a six-furlong dirt sprint for three-year-olds; and the New Start Stakes, a six-furlong dirt sprint for three-year-old fillies.

Along with Rushing Fall, who is cross-nominated to the Penn Oaks, the Penn Mile drew a nomination for Treadway Racing Stable's Maraud, trained by Todd Pletcher, a winner of four of seven career starts on the grass, including the Graded 2 American Turf on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs and the Grade 3 Palm Beach this past March at Gulfstream Park.

Also nominated is Grade 2 Remsen Stakes winner Catholic Boy, who won two of three starts on the turf as a two-year-old last year, including the Grade 3 With Anticipation at Saratoga Race Course. Off since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 31, Catholic Boy, trained by Jonathan Thomas for Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables and Siena Farm, would be making his return to grass racing in the Penn Mile.

Another top nominee is My Boy Jack, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, who won the Grade 3 Lexington on dirt this spring at Keeneland. As a two-year-old, My Boy Jack won the Zuma Beach Stakes on the turf at Santa Anita and finished second, beaten a half-length, in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf. He is owned by Don't Tell My Wife Stables, Monomoy Stables and West Point Thoroughbreds, and trained by Keith Desormeaux.

Along with Rushing Fall, the Penn Oaks drew nominations for 11 other stakes winners, including two-time graded stakes winner Thewayiam, a French-bred runner for trainer Graham Motion; Andina Del Sur, winner of the Grade 3 Florida Oaks on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs; Daddy Is a Legend, winner of the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante last fall at Del Mar; Canadian filly Dixie Moon, the runner up as a two-year-old in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine; and Treasuring, a May 5 winner of the Grade 3 Senorita at a mile on the grass at Santa Anita.

A notable nominee who has yet to win on the grass is Best Performance, trained by Christophe Clement, who has finished second in five stakes races, including a defeat by just three-quarters of a length to Rushing Fall last year in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Standout nominees for the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup include 9-year-old millionaire turfer Hogy, who won the Grade 3 Canadian Turf on March 3 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Michael Maker; and Pure Sensation, a multiple graded-stakes winner for trainer Christophe Clement.

Also nominated is the undefeated 4-year-old Imprimis, who has won all four of his career starts in five-furlong turf sprints by open lengths, including the Jim McKay Turf Sprint on Preakness Day at Pimlico by 5 ¼ lengths.

The Penn Ladies Dash drew a nomination from streaking five-year-old turf sprinter Triple Chelsea, trained by Joe Sharp, who has won three straight stakes races, including the Unbridled Sidney last time out May 12 at Churchill Downs.

She is joined by Morticia, trained by George “Rusty” Arnold, who finished just a head behind Triple Chelsea in the Unbridled Sidney. The four-year-old won six of eight starts last year, including five scores in stakes races.

The Penn Mile and Pennsylvania Governor's Cup are both part of the fourth Penn Racing Gaming Challenge, which ties 20 unrestricted stakes races across seven days throughout the year and offers bonuses, free entries and other prizes to the top owners, trainers and jockeys at Hollywood Casino at Penn National, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Sam Houston Race Park and Zia Park.

The Pennsylvania Governor's Cup and the Penn Ladies Dash are both MATCH Series races, which returned May 18 and 19 at Pimlico Race Course. The 25-race series offers $2.9 million in purses with $490,000 in additional bonuses for owners, trainers, breeders and certifiers.

Reserved box seating for the Penn Mile is available by calling (717) 469-3210.

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