08/23/2007 11:00PM

Going Ballistic targeting Super Derby


Going Ballistic, a stakes winner on dirt and turf who is in peak form on both surfaces right now, will likely make his next start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby, according to trainer Donnie Von Hemel. The 1 1/8-mile race will be run at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 22.

Going Ballistic will be moving back to dirt following a third-place finish to Shamdinan and Red Giant in the Grade 1 Secretariat, a 1 1/4-mile turf race at Arlington Park on Aug. 11.

"I thought it was a good effort," Von Hemel said. "I was really happy with him. We ran into a couple of them that were a little tougher than us on the turf."

Before the Secretariat, Going Ballistic rallied for second by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 2 American Derby on turf at Arlington. One start earlier, he closed from 19 lengths back to finish third, 3 1/2 lengths behind winner Delightful Kiss, in the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows on June 29. Going Ballistic, who came into the stretch eight wide, earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 95. In the Secretariat, he earned a Beyer of 93.

Going Ballistic will likely ship to Remington Park in Oklahoma City, where Von Hemel is based.

"He's still at Arlington Park," Von Hemel said. "I'm kind of waiting for the heat to break a little."

Going Ballistic has raced once at Louisiana Downs, on last year's Super Derby undercard. He finished a fast-closing second in the $100,000 Harrah's Juvenile on turf to Birdbirdistheword, eventual winner of the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot. Going Ballistic is a son of Light the Fuse and he races for Kindred Thoroughbreds.

Von Hemel could have another starter for the Super Derby. He said Strong City, who finished third in the $100,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 18, will be considered for the race. In his two other stakes appearances, Strong City was third in the $100,000 Alysheba and fourth in the $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, both at Lone Star Park.

"We've got him nominated to the Super Derby, but we'll just have to see how tough that comes up," he said. "He'll certainly appreciate the mile and an eighth."

Von Hemel said another option for Strong City is the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby at Prairie Meadows on Sept. 15.

Whisper to Me targets Oaks

Von Hemel could have as many as five starters at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 22. In addition to the Super Derby, there are four turf stakes scheduled for that day, among them the $200,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks.

The DBartolo is the goal for Whisper to Me, who won the $75,000 Lyrique at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 18. She showed good acceleration winning the race, in what was her first start for Von Hemel after racing at Woodbine.

"She's a real turf horse," he said. "She sat in there and waited and just came blowing down the lane like you like to see one do."

Von Hemel trains Whisper to Me for Pin Oak Stable. Von Hemel and Pin Oak won the DeBartolo in 2002 with Bedanken and again last year with Brownie Points.

Von Hemel's other candidates for races on the Super Derby undercard include multiple stakes winner Waupaca in the $200,000 Unbridled Breeders' Cup and the 2-year-old filly Vengeful Shadow in the $200,000 Happy Ticket.

Myoldmansam tops optional claimer

Myoldmansam, a sharp debut winner for trainer Patrick Mouton in July, moves back to the Louisiana-bred ranks for his third start in the seventh race Sunday. The $20,000 optional claimer will be run over seven furlongs. It drew an interesting mix of lightly raced and seasoned runners, including Setemup Joe, an eight-time winner who has earned $201,930.

Myoldmansam dueled for a neck win over statebreds in his first start July 5. One race later, he faced open company in a $20,000 optional claimer and finished second by a head to Ain't He a Pistol, who won for the sixth straight time. Myoldmansam earned a Beyer of 85, which is the highest last-race number in the field Sunday.

* The Von Hemel-trained Brownie Points, third in the Grade 3 Gardenia at Ellis Park, could run next in the Grade 3, $150,000 Matron at Arlington on Sept. 8.