10/30/2007 11:00PM

Going Ballistic heads to Kentucky for Clark

EmailGoing Ballistic, who established himself as the top 3-year-old in Louisiana and Oklahoma with his wins in the Super Derby and Oklahoma Derby, will take on older rivals for the first time in the Gradeo2, $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23.

Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Going Ballistic would ship to Kentucky from his Remington Park base about a week or 10 days before the Clark. Cliff Berry will have the mount on Going Ballistic.

Von Hemel said the Clark made sense on several levels for Going Ballistic, who had also been under consideration for stakes in California and New York.

"It's a mile and an eighth on the dirt, which is what he's been doing," he said. "And it was the closest [ship]."

The Super Derby and the Oklahoma Derby were both run at 1o1/8 miles. Going Ballistic earned a Beyer Figure of 101 for his 3 1/4-length win at Remington and a 95 for his score over Travers runner-up Grasshopper in the Super Derby on Sept. 22.

Earlier this year, Going Ballistic was third in the Grade 1 Secretariat on turf at Arlington Park.

Golden Hare tied for most 2007 wins

In Curlin and Golden Hare, trainer Steve Asmussen has two of the most accomplished horses of 2007. Curlin is the highest earner in North America off his win last Saturday in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Later the same night, Golden Hare tied Princess Composer as the winningest horse of the year when he captured a $5,000 starter allowance at Delta Downs.

Golden Hare and Princess Composer have each won 11 races so far in 2007. Princess Composer is 11 for 16, while Golden Hare is 11 for 14. Golden Hare has won his last three races, his other recent scores coming at Remington and Turfway Park.

"He's just winning," said Asmussen. "He's in a really good frame of mind right now."

Asmussen said Golden Hare, who won the $50,000 Claiming Crown Express in July, could return to stakes competition in January, perhaps at Sunland Park. Golden Hare races for Scott Blasi Racing Stable. He has earned $127,944 this year. Curlin has banked $5,102,800.

Mikimoto's Mojo eyes Jean Lafitte

Mikimoto's Mojo, who won the $125,000 Lafayette at Evangeline Downs in September, is being pointed for the $150,000 Jean Lafitte for 2-year-olds at Delta Downs on Nov. 9, according to his trainer, Patrick Mouton. The one-mile race is a prep for the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot on Dec. 7.

Mikimoto's Mojo won a maiden special weight at Louisiana Downs in his first start, Aug. 9, then captured the Lafayette. From there, he shipped to Keeneland and ran 11th in the Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity on Oct. 6.

"The Polytrack, he didn't like it at all," said Mouton. "But he came back from the race fine and I gave him an extra two or three days off. He had a nice work."

Mikimoto's Mojo worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds on Oct. 20 at Louisiana Downs.

"If he runs well over the racetrack, we'll take him to the Jackpot," said Mouton.

Other horses eyeing the Jean Lafitte include stakes winner Carson's Legacy, a private purchase out of Florida who will be making his first start for Asmussen, and Gangbuster, a multiple winner for trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Making plans for Hartfelt

Hartfelt, who ran quicker than the colts division when she captured the $100,000 La Senorita at Retama Park on Saturday night, could make her next start at Remington. Faith Edison, who trains the filly with her husband, Tony Edison, said Hartfelt is being considered for the $50,000 Cimarron for 2-year-old fillies at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf Nov. 18.

Hartfelt won the La Senorita, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, in 1:35.42. Earlier on the card in the $100,000 El Joven, which is the race's counterpart for colts, Royal Night won in a time of 1:35.97. For her victory, Hartfelt earned a Beyer Figure of 80. She is now 2 for 2, with her other win coming in a 7 1/2-furlong maiden special weight on turf at Retama.

"She's really a nice filly," said Faith Edison. "She's going to be good at a mile or better. It looks like that's going to be her forte."

Hartfelt is a daughter of Kafwain.