Going to Vegas
Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf Division
Jockey (from last start)
BreederJ. Kirk Robison & Judy Robison
DamHard to Resist
Going to Vegas kept much of her talent hidden during the first half of her career while racing primarily in the claiming ranks. In those races, qualified buyers had many opportunities to buy her for less than $100,000. There were no takers until trainer Richard Baltas took the gamble and acquired her for $50,000 on behalf of his clients on June 12, 2020. She never raced with a claiming price again and eventually was promoted to stakes company in which she let her talent finally shine.
Following her runner-up effort in the American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita last December, she was purchased privately by her current connections that includes hundreds of partners with “microshares.” An estimated crowd of more than 200 of her owners overflowed Del Mar’s winner’s circle when she won the John C. Mabee Stakes (G2) Sept. 4. They campaign as Abbondanza Racing (Bing Bush of Del Mar), Medallion Racing (Phillip Shelton of Nicholasville, Kentucky) and mega syndicate MyRacehorse.
The winner’s circle was full again Oct. 2 at Santa Anita following Going to Vegas’ third consecutive victory, this coming in the Rodeo Drive (G1).
Baltas attributes her rise to prominence to her ability to race from off the pace.
“She was where she wants (second, in a stalking position) from the start,” he said of Going to Vegas in the John C. Mabee. “She’ll rate now, she used to not rate. (The owners) are all having fun and that’s what it’s all about.”
Prior to being claimed, Going to Vegas raced for her breeders Kirk and Judy Robison. The El Paso, Texas, residents, who have built a successful restaurant franchise business, have been involved in Thoroughbred ownership about 30 years. Known for their benevolence and philanthropy, the they established the Judy and Kirk Robison Foundation to further build community with a variety of programs. The couple also own Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) contender Jackie’s Warrior.
Going to Vegas is a daughter of 2013 and 2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Goldencents.