Super Derby (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

GOING BALLISTIC (GR/RO h, 124 lb) $275,000
Lite the Fuse —Holy Lightning , by Holy Bull
B—Adena Springs, FL.; O—Kindred Thoroughbreds LLC; T—Donnie K. Von Hemel

Grasshopper (DK B/ h, 124 lb) $100,000
Dixie Union —Grass Skirt , by Mr. Prospector
B—James Elkins, KY.; O—Farish, William S., Hudson, Jr., E. J. and Estate of James A. Elkins, Jr.; T—Neil J. Howard

Past the Point (B r, 124 lb) $50,000
Indian Charlie —Bit of the Bubbly , by A.P. Indy
B—Sequel 2001, KY.; O—Darley Stable; T—Eoin G. Harty

Margins: 1, 2½, 1¾. Others: Leonnatus Anteas 124($25,000) , Strong City 124($20,000) , Beta Capo 124($15,000) , Forty Acres 124($15,000) , Point Gold 124($15,000) , Cajun Conquest 124 . Winning Jockey, M. Clifton Berry.

Going Ballistic defeated race favorite Grasshopper by a length to win the Sept. 22 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs. The 3-year-old Lite the Fuse colt came into the race off a third place finish in the Aug. 11 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT), and two of his three previous stakes wins came over turf. Donnie Von Hemel trains Going Ballistic for Kindred Thoroughbreds.

Mike and Mary Kindred purchased Going Ballistic for $4,000 at the 2005 Keeneland January mixed sale from Four Star Sales, agent. With his $275,000 payday in the Super Derby, the gray/roan colt now has earnings of $671,242.

Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs bred Going Ballistic in Florida out of the Holy Bull mare Holy Lightning, who in turn is out of the stakes-winning Irish River mare Blazing Hot. Stronach purchased Blazing Hot for $72,000 at the1994 Keeneland September yearling sale from Denali Stud, agent.

Blazing Hot is a daughter of the stakes-winning Restless Native mare Hot Milk, who also produced grade III winner Hot Brush (by Broad Brush). Hot Milk is a full sister to stakes winner Nuit d’Amour, who went on to produce grade III winner Rouse the Louse (by Irish River). They are out of the stakes-placed Gray Phantom mare Nuit Blanche.

Adena Springs sold Holy Lightning for $80,000 to Brandon and Diannah Perry’s Paragon Farms at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale while she was in foal to Awesome Again. Blazing Hot was sold a year later at the Keeneland November mixed sale through Denali Stud, agent. Offered in foal to North Light, she was purchased by Bob Nesteruk for $15,000.

Going Ballistic is the second foal and first stakes winner out of Holy Lightning. She has a juvenile Sligo Bay colt named Easy to Remember, who has placed, and a yearling Awesome Again colt.

“We kept the yearling, and he is in training down in Florida at Stephens Thoroughbreds,” Brandon Perry said. “We haven’t made up our mind, but we will probably nominate him to a 2-year-old sale. We will probably sell him only because we generally don’t race colts, we just race fillies.”

Holy Lightning was barren to Cherokee Run for 2007 and is in foal to Successful Appeal.

“She is in the Keeneland November sale,” Perry said. “It is just a good time, and hopefully she will be a good producer for someone else.”

Lite the Fuse is the sire of 22 stakes winners including other 2007 added-money winners Roman Candles, Excellerant, and On the Vineyard. The 16-year-old son of Buckaroo stood the 2007 season for a fee of $3,500 at Dr. William Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.—A.H.D.