09/22/2007 12:00AM

Going Ballistic runs down Grasshopper

EmailBOSSIER CITY, La. - Going Ballistic picked up the biggest victory of his career Saturday when he ran down 1-5 favorite Grasshopper for a one-length win in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back in third to Past the Point.

The Super Derby was one of five stakes worth a cumulative $1.3 million on what was the richest card in the history of Louisiana Downs. It was supported by four turf stakes, each worth $200,000.

Going Ballistic ($19.80) trailed the field for much of the 1 1/8-mile race, as Forty Acres jumped out to the lead and ran the opening quarter in 23.72 seconds. Past the Point and Grasshopper fell in behind the leader, who went a half-mile in 48.34 and six furlongs in 1:12.80.

Going Ballistic, with little pace help, began to pick off horses on the final turn, and dug in during the drive to catch Grasshopper. He covered the 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:50.32.

“We were hoping they’d hook up and go fast, and actually they didn’t go that fast,” said Cliff Berry, who was aboard Going Ballistic. “He just ran an exceptional race.”

Donnie Von Hemel trains Going Ballistic, and said the horse would most likely make his next start in the $300,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Oct. 21. For the Super Derby, the horse was moving back to dirt following a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Secretariat on the turf at Arlington Park.

Going Ballistic picked up his first graded win Saturday, and his fourth stakes victory overall. He has won 5 of 16 starts and $671,242 for Kindred Thoroughbreds.

Grasshopper came into the Super Derby off a runner-up finish to Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense in the Grade 1 Travers.

“He had every opportunity turning for home when I called on him,” said Robby Albarado, who rode Grasshopper. “He just got outrun.”

The remaining order of finish was Leonnatus Anteas in fourth, followed by Strong City, Beta Capo, Forty Acres, Point Gold and Cajun Conquest. Tortuga Flats was scratched Saturday.

Unbridled: Go Between flies late

Go Between closed fast for a 4 3/4-length win over Erroneous I D in the $200,000 Unbridled Breeders’ Cup, giving trainer Bill Mott his second stakes win on the day and Albarado his third. Costa Rising finished sixth as the favorite, one race removed from an allowance win for which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 117.

Go Between ($5.60) broke in the air and raced in sixth early as Costa Rising set a pressured pace of 23.75 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.14 for the half-mile, and 1:10.93 for six furlongs. Go Between advanced steadily and covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in a stakes-record time of 1:40.64.

“He ran big,” said Albarado.

Go Between has now won 5 of 19 starts and $1,159,880.

Happy Ticket: Zee Zee a fast learner

Go Between’s win came a few races after Mott and Albarado teamed up to capture the $200,000 Happy Ticket with Zee Zee. She became a stakes winner in her third start, with a 2 1/2-length win over Cato Major.

Zee Zee ($3.80) settled off the pace early in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, found room between rivals into the stretch, and forged clear. She covered the distance in 1:43.22.

“I had a ground-saving trip,” said Albarado, “and I was fortunate to find a crack turning for home and she ran well."

Zee Zee showed her class in the paddock prior to the race, when she stood like a soldier while having her left front shoe reset. She came into the Happy Ticket off a runner-up finish in the $82,000 With Anticipation at Saratoga.

Sunday Silence: Cherokee Triangle romps

Cherokee Triangle will be pointed for the new $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Monmouth Park on Oct. 26 following his 10 3/4-length win in the $200,000 Sunday Silence. Gangbuster closed for second, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of third-place finisher and pacesetter Moody Jones.

Cherokee Triangle ($2.80) broke out at the start and raced about four wide into the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile turf race. He quickly moved up to fourth entering the backstretch, unleashed a serious bid on the second turn, then overtook Moody Jones at the top of the lane. Cherokee Triangle covered the distance over firm turf in 1:42.28.

“He didn’t make any mistakes,” said Mike Maker, who trains Cherokee Triangle. “The last two races, he was cocking his head looking down the lane, and lugging in. But today, he was error-free. He was very impressive.”

Albarado was aboard Cherokee Triangle. The win was the first in a stakes for the horse, who came into the race off a second-place finish in the $200,000 Cradle at River Downs on Sept. 3.

DeBartolo Oaks: Wire job by Tensas Yucatan

Tensas Yucatan ($4) took command of the $200,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks at the start  and never relinquished her advantage en route to a three-length win in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. She ran the opening six furlongs in 1:12.30 before going on to cover the distance in 1:41.78. Donnie Meche was aboard Tensas Yucatan for trainer Morris Nicks.

* An all-stakes pick four on races 8-11 paid $536.80. The winning numbers were 3-3-10-7.

* Handle on the 13-race card from all sources was $6,785,035.