LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 10, 2017) – Trainer Michael Matz stood outside Going Out’s stall Tuesday, peering in at the 2-year-old Tapit filly who will make her second career start in Wednesday’s fifth race.
“She has a beautiful pedigree, and I’ve had some of her sisters so I know the family a little bit,” Matz said.
Bred and owned by George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stable, Going Out is the fourth foal out of Augustin’s champion Forever Together, who won the First Lady (G1) at Keeneland in 2008 before conquering the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) and receiving the Eclipse Award as champion grass mare.
Forever Together, who earned nearly $3 million in her career, returned to Keeneland the following spring to win the 2009 Jenny Wiley (G2). She made a total of five starts at Keeneland – all in graded stakes – and was second in the 2007 Stonerside Beaumont (G2) and third in the 2009 First Lady and 2010 Jenny Wiley.
Going Out is entered in a maiden special weight Wednesday, at a mile on the turf. In her first race, she was second by a half-length on the turf at Delaware Park Sept. 9.
“She’s only run once and she did that nicely,” Matz said. “It looked like she was going to run by the other horse, and then maybe she just needed the race. The horse that beat her (Moon Dash) ran in California yesterday in the stakes out there (Surfer Girl at Santa Anita) and was in a photo, and got second.”
Matz is hoping for clear weather with no rain for Going Out’s second race.
“I don’t know what to expect if it rains… I hope she has a good performance,” he said. “I’m expecting her to, she’s done everything right so far. She’s traveled down here well, and Mr. Strawbridge likes it at Keeneland and he said he’d like to support it. That’s why we came all this way.”
Augustin has won 71 races, including 19 stakes, at Keeneland since the 1996 Spring Meet. During the 2010 Fall Meet, Strawbridge received the Gold Tray in recognition of his eighth graded stakes win at the track.