09/23/2007 11:00PM

Next for Grasshopper is anybody’s guess

EmailBOSSIER CITY, La. – The next-race plans for Going Ballistic, who won the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Saturday, have already been made, while the agenda for Grasshopper, who was second in the race at 1-5, was still being determined as of Monday.

The horses finished a length apart in the 1?1/8-mile race, with Going Ballistic closing from last to run down Grasshopper. Going Ballistic equaled his career-best Beyer Speed Figure, a 95.

“He made a three-eighths move,” said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Going Ballistic. “He came around horses and just kept coming, and kept coming.”

Von Hemel said Going Ballistic vanned to Lone Star Park on Sunday, and next week will ship to Remington Park. It is there where he will race next, in the $300,000 Oklahoma Derby at 1 1/8 miles Oct. 21.

Grasshopper was back at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning. He came into the Super Derby off a runner-up finish to Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense in the Grade 1 Travers. That performance had sparked some talk of a rematch in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but as of Monday, no next-race plans had been set for Grasshopper.

“Nothing’s been ruled in or ruled out,” said Neil Howard, who trains Grasshopper. “We didn’t make any plans yet.”

Howard said Grasshopper came out of the Super Derby in good order. He raced wide around both turns in the race, took the lead in the stretch, then was caught late. Grasshopper was given a Beyer of 93.

“He got beat, but he ran good,” said Howard. “The winner ran better, obviously.”

Grasshopper was making his second stakes start in the Super Derby.

Back to dirt with Costa Rising

Costa Rising, who finished sixth as the favorite in the $200,000 Unbridled Breeders’ Cup on the turf Saturday, will return to dirt for his next start, trainer Glenn Delahoussaye said Monday. Costa Rising came into the Unbridled with two of the year’s highest Beyer Figures, a 117 and a 114, both for wins on dirt at Evangeline Downs.

“My observation is, evidently, he’s not quite the horse on the weeds that he is on the dirt this year,” said Delahoussaye. “It looked like he was a little rank on the turf. He wasn’t as relaxed. He got to going a little too quick.”

Costa Rising led the field through six furlongs in 1:10.93. Go Between overtook him, and went on to win the 1 1/16-mile race in a stakes-record time of 1:40.64.

“He tried as best he could,” Delahoussaye said of Costa Rising. “He didn’t get over that grass to me like he should have to go against that kind of competition.”

Delahoussaye said Costa Rising will be freshened and point for three six-figure stakes for Louisiana-breds, two of them at Delta Downs and one at Fair Grounds.

“We’re going to back off a little racing-wise and keep him in training,” Delahoussaye said. “He’s got three races that he won last year in front of him, the Gold Cup, the Champions Day at the Fair Grounds, then the Premier Night Championship back at Delta in the beginning of February.”

The $100,000 Gold Cup at 1 1/16 miles will be run at Delta on Nov. 17. Both of the triple-digit Beyer Figures that Costa Rising earned this year were in two-turn races.

Career race for Go Between

Go Between earned a career-best Beyer of 102 for his victory in the Unbridled despite breaking in the air.

“It was quite impressive,” said trainer Bill Mott. “I guess he seems to have taken to that surface down there. He really liked it.”

Mott said plans have not yet been set in stone for Go Between, but that he might start at Keeneland in the Grade 3, $150,000 Fayette at 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack.

Mott also won the $200,000 Happy Ticket here Saturday with Zee Zee, who could be headed to Monmouth Park for her next start. Mott said she is a possibility for the $250,000 Epitome Breeders’ Cup Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on turf Oct. 26.

Zee Zee was making her third start in the Happy Ticket. She found room between horses and went on to a 2 1/2-length win.

“I was impressed,” said Mott. “I thought she did what we’d hoped she would do.”

Mott has gone 3 for 3 this meet. His other shipper, Desert Wheat, won the $100,000 Shiskabob on Louisiana Downs Champions Day on July 21.