Super Derby winner Going Ballistic to begin stud career in California

by | 02.03.2012 | 8:31am

Going Ballistic, winner of the Grade 2 Super Derby and nearly $1.2 million in earnings, will begin his stud career in 2012 at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, CA.

In a deal brokered by Robert Knolhoff, Jr. and Dr Staci A. Speidel (EIM), the eight-year-old son of Lite The Fuse will stand at Victory Rose for $3,000 live foal.  Mike Kindred, who campaigned Going Ballistic in the name of Kindred Thoroughbreds LLC, will remain majority partner and support the stallion with mares of his own.

“I couldn't be more excited to welcome Going Ballistic as the newest addition to Victory Rose's stallion roster,” said Ellen Jackson.  “He displayed class throughout a long career and won or placed in a number of important races.  He's a distinguished, eye-catching individual and his pedigree is a total outcross.  What's not to like?”

Trained by Donnie Von Hemel over a 46-race career, Going Ballistic graduated by his third career start and was a stakes winner his next.  He capped a seven-race juvenile season when fourth behind Tiz Wonderful in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.  

The durable campaigner would enjoy his most lucrative season as a three-year-old, earning $690,140 from 11 starts.  In his signature performance, Going Ballistic won the $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs from odds-on favorite and Travers runner-up Grasshopper with a dramatic late rally.  In his next start, the stretch-running gray came from 11th and last to land Remington Park's $300,000 Centennial Oklahoma Derby by over three lengths.

A capable grass performer as well, Going Ballistic won the 2007 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes at Lone Star Park, the same course over which he earned his first career victory.  He later finished a close second in the Grade 2 American Derby, then placed third in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes ahead of his two big autumn triumphs.

Victorious in six added money contests overall, Going Ballistic placed fourth or better in at least one graded stakes each year from ages two through six.

Bred in Florida by Frank Adena Springs, which was recently awarded a seventh Eclipse Award as the nation's top breeder, Going Ballistic is out of the Holy Bull mare Holy Lightning.  

The mare's three-year-old daughter Silverette, by Street Sense, made a promising second-place debut on January 15th at Gulfstream Park.  Both Going Ballistic's second and third dam, Blazing Hot and Hot Milk, were stakes winners.  

Lite The Fuse, sire of over 20 stakes winners, was a two-time winner himself of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap and twice runner-up in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap.

“We previously stood For Really, who like Lite The Fuse is a son of Buckaroo, so I'm familiar with the virtues of the sire line,” added Ellen Jackson.  “I believe California breeders will quickly come to appreciate all that a horse like Going Ballistic offers to our state program.”

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