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Rushing Fall, Fifty Five Prepare for Beaugay; Indiana Grand Meet Granted

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Friday May 29, 2020
Chad Brown, the four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer, was present at Belmont Park on May 28 while Five Racing Thoroughbreds Rushing Fall and Peter Brant's Fifty Five breezed on the inner turf. They were preparing for the June 3 Beaugay Stakes (G3T), which is set to take place at the track on opening day.

On the same day, news was released about Indiana Grand's approved 94-Day Meet.

The Works

The pair of horses went a half-mile in company and finished together in a time of :50.48. According to Brown, both of the horses will be entered into the event. The 1 1/16-mile Beauguay is a turf race for filly and mare 4-year-olds and upward.

Rushing Fall has eight wins, with half of them coming in grade 1 races, and two seconds in her 11 career starts. Last year, she took the Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T) at Keeneland in her April debut, followed by a victory in the Longines Just a Game (G1T) at Belmont. 

The filly finished second in the Diana Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and off-the-board to close out her season in the Oct. 5 First Lady Stakes Presented by UK Healthcare (G1T) at Keeneland. 

Her stablemate, the New York-bred Fifty Five, hasn't had as impressive of a season, but she did finish her 2019 season with two stake wins at Belmont. 

Klaravich Stables' Newspaperofrecord is set to make her 4-year-old debut in the Intercontinental (G3T). The seven-furlong sprint for older fillies and mares takes place on June 6. 

The Lope de Vega filly was undefeated in her three starts during her juvenile campaign. She won the Miss Grillo Stakes (G2T) at Belmont before going on to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) at Churchill Downs.

Newspaperofrecord finished second last season in the Edgewood (G3T) at Churchill Downs and the Wonder Again (G3T) at Belmont. She then finished off-the-board in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1T) to close-out her season in July.

According to Brown, Newspaperofrecord is training well in preparation for her seasonal debut. 

"She seems pretty settled to me in her works, and I'm real excited to get her career resumed. I'm going to try to keep her (at distances) only up to a mile," he said. "Based on the way she's training, and if she stays healthy, she should have a really good year."

Indiana Grand 94-Day Meet

There was other news released on May 28, specifically that the Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the modified request for race dates in 2020 at Indiana Grand.

The 94-day season will kick-off on June 15 and finish on Nov. 18, with racing taking place on a Monday through Thursday schedule. There will be four select Saturdays of Quarter Horse-only racing during the meet.

Indiana Grand also had a request approved for the Pick 5 to be offered at a takeout of 11.9%. It will take place on the last five Thoroughbred races each day, and it will be a straight carryover wager with no unique ticket provision.

"We've said for the last month that the 2020 calendar might need to be fluid, and after consultation with our horsemen we're happy to be approved for this 94-day meet." according to Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of racing. 

"When you consider that our business will have been shut down for nearly three months, it's very rewarding to offer overnight purses that are consistent or higher than 2019 and a quality stakes calendar for both breeds."