10/22/2007 11:00PM

Going Ballistic has 3 graded stakes options

EmailOKLAHOMA CITY – The Grade 2, $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23 is one of the next-race options being considered for Going Ballistic, who ran a career race Sunday in the $300,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

The morning after the race, his connections were just starting to look at the spots available to him. Other races he will be considered for are the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Derby on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25 and the Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.

“We’ve not made any kind of decisions,” said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Going Ballistic for Mike and Mary Kindred. “I can’t even say which way we’re leaning right now.”

Going Ballistic closed from more than 20 lengths back to win the Oklahoma Derby, his second straight stakes win following the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in September. Prior to that race, he was third in the Grade 1 Secretariat on turf at Arlington Park.

In the Oklahoma Derby, Going Ballistic unleashed a strong bid on the final turn on his way to a 3 1/4-length win. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

“His turn of foot was just spectacular,” Von Hemel said. “I was worried about how far he was back, but if you look at the difference between the Super Derby and this race, this race is probably 10 lengths faster on the pace, so that puts him about 10 lengths further back than he was on Super Derby Day.”

Going Ballistic, who was purchased at auction for $4,000, has now earned $851,242.

Berry to return to saddle Thursday

Tim Doocy was aboard Going Ballistic in the Oklahoma Derby, subbing for regular rider Cliff Berry, who was involved in a spill Saturday night. Berry returned to win a race early on the card Sunday, but took off the remainder of his mounts because of soreness in his right shoulder. He said he expects to return to riding Thursday night at Remington.

“I went to the doctor yesterday and X-rayed clean,” Berry said Tuesday.

Berry, the leading rider at Remington, has top contenders in both of the allowance races on the card Thursday.

Golden Yank’s next start undecided

Trainer Gary Thomas has a promising young horse in Golden Yank, who mastered two turns in his first attempt in the $100,000 MEC Mile for 2-year-olds Sunday at Remington. He improved his record to 2 for 2.

Thomas trains the horse for his breeder, Millard R. Seldin Revocable Trust, and is just starting to look into next-race options. He said the possibilities are the Grade 2, $250,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill on Nov. 24, or the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs on Dec. 7.

Thomas said he would see how Golden Yank trains and then make a decision.

“I’m going to let him tell me,” he said.

Golden Yank won the MEC Mile by 4 3/4 lengths and earned a Beyer of 81.

Peppers Pride now 12 for 12

Peppers Pride remained perfect in 12 starts Monday, when she won an allowance at Zia Park by seven lengths and earned a career-best Beyer of 93. The race was a stepping-stone to her meet objective, the $170,000 Filly and Mare Championship on the New Mexico Cup card at Zia on Nov. 11.

Carlos Madeira rode Peppers Pride for Joseph Allen and trainer Joel Marr. Peppers Pride has raced exclusively in New Mexico while compiling her 12-for-12 record, with 8 of those victories coming in stakes. She has earned $572,465.