2021 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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Santa Anita Park Press Release
Updated: September 30, 2021

G1 Rodeo Drive is a "WIN & YOU'RE IN" For Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

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 Park.

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.

2021 Rodeo Drive Stakes Field & Odds

Race 9 at Santa Anita on Saturday, October 02 - Post 7:38 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Dogtag 4-1 Joe Bravo
122 Lbs
Richard Mandella
2 Fast Jet Court (BRZ) 10-1 Drayden Van Dyke
124 Lbs
Michael McCarthy
3 Neige Blanche (FR) 8-1 Juan Hernandez
124 Lbs
Leonard Powell
4 Going to Vegas 5-2 Umberto Rispoli
124 Lbs
Richard Baltas
5 Rideforthecause 15-1 Mario Gutierrez
122 Lbs
Michael McCarthy
6 Crystalle 20-1 Abel Cedillo
122 Lbs
Peter Miller
7 Magic Attitude (GB) 5-1 John Velazquez
124 Lbs
Arnaud Delacour
8 Luck 3-1 Flavien Prat
122 Lbs
Richard Baltas
9 Red Lark (IRE) 10-1 Mike Smith
122 Lbs
Patrick Gallagher

A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Goldencents, Going to Vegas comes off a rousing 2 ΒΌ 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.

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LNJ Foxwoods' homebred Dogtag, second in her last four starts, including the John C. Mabee on Sept. 4, 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.

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