IMPROVING GOING TO VEGAS LOOKS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 RODEO DRIVE STAKES AT 1 ¼ ON TURF
RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ QUALIFIER TO THE GRADE I BC FILLY & MARE TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2021)–Fresh off the biggest win of her career and in search of her third consecutive victory, the Richard Baltas-trained Going to Vegas heads an evenly matched field of nine fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one quarter on turf in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita. A Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the Rodeo Drive winner will earn a fees-paid berth into the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar Nov. 6.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Goldencents, Going to Vegas comes off a rousing 2 ¼ length win going a mile and one eighth on turf in the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar Sept. 4, a race in which she pressed the early pace and kicked clear through the lane as the 9-5 favorite.
Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Medallion Racing and MyRacehorse, Going to Vegas has a win and a second place finish from two tries at a mile and one quarter. Claimed for $50,000 12 starts back on June 12, 2020, she’s banked $242,400 this year from five starts and has overall earnings of $454,151. With an overall mark of 21-6-8-2, she’ll be seeking her first Grade I victory.
Second in her last four starts, including the John C. Mabee on Sept. 4, LNJ Foxwoods’ homebred Dogtag has two wins and three third place finishes from five starts over the Santa Anita lawn and she has a win and a second from two tries at the Rodeo Drive distance. A 5-year-old mare by War Front, she’s trained by Richard Mandella and will be ridden by Joe Bravo.
LNJ Foxwoods will have another homebred, Luck, in the Rodeo Drive lineup fresh off a most impressive U.S. debut going a mile and one sixteenth on turf in a first condition allowance Aug. 7 at Del Mar. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Kitten’s Joy, Luck won two out of her four starts in France before joining the barn of Richard Baltas this past summer. Ridden to victory by Umberto Rispoli at Del Mar, she’ll be handled by Flavien Prat on Saturday and she has the look of a filly very much on the improve.
Trainer Leonard Powell’s 4-year-old French-bred Neige Blanche, a winner of the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes here three races back, comes off an ungraded stakes win going a mile and three eighths on turf at Del Mar Aug. 14 and would be well served by a fast early pace. Owned by Madaket Stables, LLC, Marsha Naify, et al, she’ll be ridden back by Juan Hernandez.
THE GRADE I RODEO DRIVE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT
- Dogtag–Joe Bravo–122
- Fast Jet Court–Drayden Van Dyke–124
- Neige Blanche–Juan Hernandez–124
- Going to Vegas–Umberto Rispoli–124
- Rideforthecause–Mario Gutierrez–122
- Crystalle–Abel Cedillo–122
- Magic Attitude–John Velazquez–124
- Luck–Flavien Prat–122
- Red Lark–Mike Smith–122
The Rodeo Drive is one of five stakes on an 11-race card Saturday with first post time at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.