06/15/2011 3:04PM

Evangeline: Hawley loaded for statebred 3-year-old stakes


Get in Da House could be just one left-hand turn from a perfect record.

Claimed for a modest $10,000 in March at Fair Grounds by trainer Wes Hawley for himself and partner Bob Orth, Get in Da House ran his record to three wins from four starts after winning last Saturday’s Ragin Cajun Stakes at Evangeline Downs. The lone blemish on the 3-year-old Grand Appointment colt’s r è sum é came in his first start for his new connections – an entry-level allowance for Louisiana-breds at Louisiana Downs.

“We were in the one hole that day,” Hawley said. “The three horse hooked a left out of the gate and spooked the two horse into us.”

The results of the mini chain reaction were frightening. Get in Da House jumped the temporary rail out of the sprint chute, unseating his rider in the process.

“We got very lucky,” Hawley said. “He got loose but fortunately nothing happened and he came back none the worse for it.”

Hawley wasted no time wheeling Get in Da House back into action, entering him against open company in a nonwinners-other-than allowance eight days later.

“I was going to work him that day but the race came up and we decided to take a shot.”

What a shot it was. Get in Da House unleashed a powerful rally from well off the pace and kicked clear with authority, winning off by more than four lengths. The race set Get in Da House up perfectly for his stakes debut last Saturday.

Hawley also sent out Lovenotlost to a second-place finish in last Friday’s Acadiana Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies at Evangeline. The near miss snapped a three-race winning streak for Lovenotlost that included a pair of stakes tallies for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds.

Louisiana Showcase Night, slated for July  2 at Evangeline, is next for both Get in Da House and Lovenotlost, according to Hawley. Lovenotlost will go in the filly division of the Showcase Mile while Get in Da House will take on fellow males in the colt and gelding division. If all goes well for the pair, it will be on to the Louisiana Breeders’ Oaks and Derby on Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 20.

Simington returns but trails in standings

Two-time defending Louisiana Downs riding champ Don Simington rode both Get in Da House and Lovenotlost for Hawely and spent the majority of the weekend at Evangeline and away from his usual summer base. He returned to Louisiana Downs to ride on Sunday for the first time in 10 days as the veteran had served a five-day suspension for careless riding the week before.

Last year’s second-leading rider, Richard Eramia, made the most of Simington’s absence and has opened a commanding 39 to 23 lead in the standings heading into this week.

Crowned King sires first turf winner

Former Louisiana Downs champion Crowned King produced his first turf winner as a sire last week. String King drew clear impressively in a statebred maiden race Thursday for owner, trainer and breeder Charlie Smith.

Crowned King was a multiple stakes winner on both dirt and turf, including the Grade  3 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in 2003. He was owned and trained by current Louisiana Downs track superintendent Billy McKeever and stands nearby at McKeever’s farm.

“He was underrated as a racehorse and has been underrated as a sire,” said McKeever. “It could be that the grass is where his future at stud lies.”