Brown hold­ing a strong hand

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By Steve Andersen

DEL MAR, Calif. – Rush­ing Fall and Sig­nif­i­cant Form spent the late sum­mer and early fall trad­ing vic­to­ries.

Af­ter Rush­ing Fall won a maiden race Sept. 16 at Bel­mont Park, Sig­nif­i­cant Form scored a smart win in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes on Oct. 1 at Bel­mont Park. Rush­ing Fall fol­lowed with a daz­zling win in the Grade 3 Jes­samine Stakes on Oct. 11 at Keeneland.

The fil­lies are trained by Chad Brown and meet for the first time in Fri­day’s Grade 1 Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf at Del Mar. They are cer­tainly from a sta­ble that knows how to win the na­tion’s rich­est turf race for 2-year-old fil­lies.

Brown, who won the Eclipse Award as the na­tion’s out­stand­ing trainer of 2016, has won a record three of the nine run­nings of the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf since the race was in­tro­duced in 2008, in­clud­ing last year with New Money Honey at Santa Anita.

Un­der­stand­ably, the 38-yearold Brown is con­fi­dent about Rush­ing Fall and Sig­nif­i­cant Form’s chances Fri­day.

“They’re both top prospects in the di­vi­sion,” he said. “We’ve had good luck, and I have a few horses to com­pare them to.”

Rush­ing Fall is ex­pected to be fa­vored in the $1 mil­lion race at a mile, while Sig­nif­i­cant Form will be a longer price. They are part of a field of 14 that in­cludes tal­ented run­ners from Eng­land and Ire­land as well as through­out the United States.

Europe’s lead­ing hope is Hap­pily, a two-time Group 1 win­ner in Ire­land and France for trainer Ai­dan O’brien. He also runs Septem­ber, who was a trou­bled sec­ond in the Group 1 Fil­lies’ Mile on Oct. 13 at New­mar­ket. Re­mark­ably, O’brien has never won the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf.

Among other con­tenders, Capla Temptress won the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Wood­bine in Septem­ber for trainer Marco Botti of Eng­land and has spent the last six weeks based with trainer Bill Mott in New York. Juliet Ca­pulet won the Group 2 Rock­fel Stakes on Sept. 29 at New­mar­ket. The French im­port Fa­tale Bere won her Amer­i­can de­but in the Surfer Girl Stakes on Oct. 9 at Santa Anita.

Hap­pily is a filly that can give the Brown duo a scare.

Hap­pily won con­sec­u­tive Group 1 races in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at seven fur­longs Sept. 10 at The Cur­ragh in Ire­land and the Prix Jean-luc La­gardere Stakes at a mile against males Oct. 1 at Chan­tilly in France.

For Fri­day’s race, Hap­pily drew post 2, which is likely to force jockey Ryan Moore to uti­lize some of her speed to gain a fa­vor­able early po­si­tion.

“She’s usu­ally for­ward enough,” O’brien said. “She won a Group 1 over seven fur­longs.”

Septem­ber, who beat males in the Che­sham Stakes at Royal As­cot in June, breaks from post 10 and should be well po­si­tioned as a stalker un­der jockey Seamie Hef­fer­nan.

“They’re two good fil­lies,” O’brien said. “They were high­class fil­lies in our part of the world.”

The draw was not as kind to Juliet Ca­pulet, who will start from post 13. Jockey Frankie Det­tori fears a wide trip, even though the filly tends to race near the front.

“That’s des­per­ate,” he said of the post po­si­tion. “You can add 10 points to the odds. If she was 12, she should be 22.”

In Eng­land in Au­gust, Juliet Ca­pulet was sec­ond in the Group 3 Sweet Sol­era Stakes at seven fur­longs, fin­ish­ing a length in front of Capla Temptress, who fol­lowed with a win in the Natalma Stakes on Sept. 17.

The seven-week gap be­tween the Natalma to the Breed­ers’ Cup is fine with Mott.

“I think the time for a 2-yearold filly is not a bad thing,” he said.

Juliet Ca­pulet is likely to be chal­lenged early by Ul­tima D, win­ner of the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Stakes at seven fur­longs Sept. 6 at Ken­tucky Downs in her stakes de­but, and Moon Dash, a game sec­ond to Fa­tale Bere.

Ul­tima D’s best as­set may be her speed.

“I think if we can get out in


Sig­nif­i­cant Form fig­ures to be the longer price of Chad Brown’s Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf en­trants.

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