04/22/2008 11:00PM

Going Ballistic follows successful path


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Going Ballistic registered the biggest victory of his career when going from turf to dirt. Saturday, he will be making the same kind of surface switch when he starts as one of the top choices in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

The one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up is the richest of four stakes on a card designed to produce starters for the Lone Star Million Day program of stakes here May 26. There will be three $50,000 stakes supporting the Texas Mile on Saturday.

Going Ballistic won the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in September the last time he went turf to dirt. He came into that race off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington. Saturday, he enters the Texas Mile off a second-place finish in the Grade 3, $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park on April 5. The move back to dirt was made for a couple of reasons, said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Going Ballistic for Kindred Thoroughbreds.

"Part of it's opportunity," he said, "and I think he's probably as good or better on dirt."

Von Hemel said the Texas Mile also is appealing because Going Ballistic would not have to ship to race. He is based at Lone Star and worked a bullet five furlongs here April 19, going the distance in 1:00.80. In the Connally, Going Ballistic, a closer, rallied into a slow pace to finish second by a head to Scrappy Roo.

Scrappy Roo was winning his fifth straight race in the Connally and is a possible for the Texas Mile.

"The intention is to enter and look at the race and see how it comes up," said John Locke, who trains Scrappy Roo.

The Texas Mile had seven or eight prospective starters as of Wednesday. Others that Lone Star stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg expects are Beta Capo, Gold Wonder, Monterey Jazz, and Zanjero. The possibles include Goosey Moose and Sing Baby Sing. The Texas Mile should produce starters for the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 26.

Shamburg looks for a full field of 12 fillies and mares for the Irving Distaff, a 7 1/2-furlong race on turf that is a prep for the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board here May 26. Among those he expects are Barbette and Plesantly Blessed, who finished one-two last out in the $50,000 Jersey Lily at Sam Houston, and stakes winner My Three Sisters.

Peisinoe invades from California

Peisinoe was scheduled to fly into Lone Star on Thursday to run in the $50,000 Richland Hills here Saturday, according to Jamie Lloyd, assistant trainer to Paddy Gallagher. He said she is to be ridden David Flores. The Richland Hills is a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies and serves as a prep for the $100,000 Cinemine here May 26.

Peisinoe was fourth last out in the Grade 3 Santa Paula at Santa Anita on March 30. Earlier in her career, she ran third to champion Indian Blessing in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez. The Richland Hills will be the first start on dirt for Peisinoe, who has raced exclusively on synthetic surfaces in California.

Another top contender expected for the Richland Hills is Timely Reflection. A stakes winner who was second last out to the undefeated Littlemiss Allison in the $50,000 Sam Houston Oaks, Timely Reflection is being pointed for the race, trainer Bret Calhoun said.

* Euphony, an undefeated 3-year-old filly who in her last start won the $75,000 Instant Racing at Oaklawn, is a candidate for the Cinemine at seven furlongs, trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. Euphony won at a mile in the Instant Racing and before that won a maiden sprint and an allowance sprint, both at Oaklawn.

* Starry Pie, a stakes winner who last raced in November 2006, will make her comeback Friday night in the eighth race, a five-furlong allowance turf sprint for fillies and mares. Others in the eight-horse field include Tortuga Flats, a multiple stakes winner making her first start since December, and Temperamental Miss, a stakes winner last fall at Retama.