09/03/2006 12:00AM

Going Ballistic captures El Joven


SELMA, Texas - Going Ballistic rewarded the confidence his connections had in him on Saturday night, when, as a $10,000 supplement, he closed from last for a neck win in the $100,000 El Joven at Retama Park.

The one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds was one of two stakes on the card. Stage Stop closed fast to win her maiden in the filly counterpart, the $100,000 La Senorita.

Going Ballistic ($13.80) trailed the field early in the El Joven, as Shake a Lake jumped out to the lead and ran the opening quarter in 22.73 seconds and the half-mile in 46.89, pushed along by Locomotion. Going Ballistic came into the stretch five wide and rolled home, covering the distance over firm turf in 1:36.29.

"When I asked him at the quarter pole, he kicked like a racehorse," said Cliff Berry, who rode the winner for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

Going Ballistic races for Mary A. and Michael R. Kindred. The win was his second straight, following a maiden score at seven and a half furlongs on turf at Lone Star Park in July. Going Ballistic earned $60,000 for his victory in the El Joven to push his bankroll to $75,900.

Von Hemel said Going Ballistic would be considered for the $100,000 Harrah's Juvenile at a mile and a sixteenth on turf at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 23. The colt is a son of Lite the Fuse.

Western Prize finished second in the El Joven, four and three-quarter lengths clear of third-place finisher Locomotion. Spoonerism finished fourth, while Meaux Power and favorite Eldon's Effort finished in a dead-heat for fifth. The remaining order of finish was Stockbroker, Bengal Trader, First Dominion, Shake a Lake and Explicit Groom.

First stakes win for Asmussen

Cheryl Asmussen collected her first stakes win as a trainer when Stage Stop closed with good energy to catch entrymate Glamorous Cat by a neck nearing the wire in the La Senorita.

Glamorous Cat, also trained by Asmussen, was supplemented to the race for $10,000.

Stage Stop ($8.80) let the pace go and carved out a ground-saving trip as Ana Martha led the field through fractions of 23.11 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.90 for the half-mile mark. Stage Stop angled out into the stretch and made a dominant run, covering the mile in 1:37.76.

"She was much the best on the end of the race," said winning rider Larry Taylor. "I mean, she galloped out five or six in front of them."

Stage Stop races for Bullard Farms and Cash Asmussen, the former champion jockey and husband of Cheryl Asmussen. Glamorous Cat, also trained by Cheryl Asmussen, was a $10,000 supplement to the race by her owner, Cash Asmussen.

Miss Atlantic City was the favorite in the La Senorita, and she finished third, a length behind Glamorous Cat.

Cheryl Asmussen said she began training last year, during the Retama meet. She registered her first career win here, on Sept. 1, 2005.

Stage Stop, who was stakes-placed heading into the La Senorita, has now earned $90,320. She is a daughter of Valid Expectations. Cheryl Asmussen said next-race plans are yet to be determined for Stage Stop. The filly is by Valid Expectations.

* Attendance ontrack was 8,132. Handle on the program from all sources was $848,261.