Going to Vegas is scheduled to breeze on Sunday. This will be her first work back since her second-place finish in the Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita. Following two races in a three-week span, trainer Richard Baltas gave her two full weeks prior to breezing.
We are pleased to report that trainer Richard Baltas and his veterinarian team have deemed Going to Vegas ready to breeze tomorrow morning. The 5-year-old mare is scheduled to breeze at 7:15 on the training track at Santa Anita Park.
Going to Vegas did not breeze this weekend due to some slight inflammation on the outside of her hind right leg. The inflammation is reportedly related to cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection of the soft connective tissue under the skin, likely caused by a small cut. It can occur anywhere on the body, but in horses the infection commonly occurs in one of the hind legs.
Trainer Richard Baltas reported she is jogging sound on the leg but after review with his stable veterinarian Dr. Melinda Blue, they agreed bypassing this weekends breeze was best. She did go to the track this morning and was ponied but her next work is currently still to be determined. With something like this Baltas said, “We have to take it day by day. She could be ready on Wednesday or maybe we have to wait until the weekend.”
More updates to come.
Trainer Richard Baltas has been super pleased with Going to Vegas since the soon to be five year old returned to the barn after her brief refresher. Going to Vegas is now routinely galloping and making quick progress as expected. Baltas has been keeping her on an early morning training schedule as she goes best in a quieter environment and he doesn’t want her to do too much too quick.
Baltas said, “She could probably be ready to breeze right now if I wanted to. I want to let this rain pass first and will look to give her an easy three furlong work sometime next week.”
Enjoy this video of Going to Vegas at Bonnie Acres Ranch. The 4-year-old filly by Goldencents has taken some time to get acclimated to her new surroundings at Bonnie Acres, which is not uncommon for a horse who has been on the track as long as she has.
She currently spends the majority of her days in an outdoor sand corral and is also turned out twice daily in a grass paddock.
As of now, the plan is to give Going to Vegas 45 days off before she returns to trainer Richard Baltas’ barn at Santa Anita.
Going to Vegas will be shipping to Bonnie Acres Ranch in Hemet, CA., this afternoon. Here is the filly enjoying her final morning at Del Mar.
Hanging out with Going to Vegas! Our flashy Goldencents filly is seen here relaxing in her stall at Santa Anita.