09/26/2009 12:00AM

Going Ballistic, Jonesboro headed to Hawthorne

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Going Ballistic wins the Governor's Cup at Remington Park in his last start, breaking a losing streak that dated back to November 2007.

Going Ballistic, who recaptured his best form earlier this month when he won the $150,000 Governor's Cup at Remington Park, is being pointed for the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Saturday, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel.

The mile and a quarter handicap will be run at Hawthorne Race Course.

Going Ballistic, who is based at Remington Park, became a millionaire in the Governor's Cup on Sept. 7, when he closed from 20 lengths back for a 1 1/4-length win over Jonesboro. For the effort, he earned a Beyer Figure of 96. The number was the second best of Going Ballistic's career, behind the 101 he earned for his last-to-first win in the $300,000 Oklahoma Derby in the fall of 2007.

"It looked like the old boy right there," Von Hemel said of Going Ballistic's effort in the Governor's Cup. "He outran a really nice horse in Jonesboro, with the style that we saw him running his biggest races."

Going Ballistic, who also closed from last to capture the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby in 2007, won for the first time in his 12 starts in the Governor's Cup. A couple of different factors have contributed to the horse's surprising drought that had dated back to November 2007.

"There were times you'd look up and there just was no pace in the race and he would be a little closer than normal," Von Hemel said. "The races just weren't in his favor pace-wise. That was part of it, and part of it is it doesn't look like he's a synthetic track horse. It was very good to get him back on a surface that he's run well on in the past."

Going Ballistic is 3 for 3 on the main track at Remington. In addition to his last-to-first win in the Oklahoma Derby and Governor's Cup, he also closed from well back to win the $100,000 MEC Mile for 2-year-olds at the track in the fall of 2006.

Jonesboro on schedule for Hawthorne

Jonesboro remains on schedule for a start in the Hawthorne Gold Cup and was to have his final work for the race either Sunday or Monday at Remington, said his trainer, Randy Morse.

"He'll probably ship Wednesday or Thursday," Morse said.

It will be Jonesboro's second appearance in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. He finished second in the race in 2007. Student Council won that year, one start after his triumph in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic.

Jonesboro is in the midst of arguably the best season of his career. He became a millionaire with his win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile in April, then went on to win the Grade 2, $300,000 Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows in June with a career-best Beyer of 109. He races for Mike Langford.

Freshening for Euphony

Euphony, who won three stakes this year including the Grade 3 Arlington Matron Handicap, is being freshened, Von Hemel said. She last raced on Aug. 30, finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park.

"She's on R & R," Von Hemel said. "We'll see her back at Oaklawn."

Euphony's other stakes wins this year came in the $100,000 Bayakoa at Oaklawn on April 8 and the $125,000 Iowa Distaff at Prairie Meadows on June 27. Overall, she has won 9 of 13 starts and $477,600. Euphony, a 4-year-old daughter of Forest Wildcat, races for Pin Oak Stable. She won six consecutive stakes between July 2008 and the Iowa Distaff in June.

* Trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan teamed to win three races on the card Friday night. Both lead their respective divisions at Remington.