05/30/2012 12:39PM

Get in Da House targets $20,000 bonus tied to Remington's Governor's Cup


Get in Da House has one major objective this summer: the $200,000 Governor’s Cup at Remington Park on Aug. 11. He is the lone horse eligible for a $20,000 bonus tied to the race, and has several routes he can take to get there after running second in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on Monday.

Get in Da House, a Louisiana-bred claimed for $10,000 out of a winning debut in March 2011, could run next on the Louisiana Legends card at Evangeline Downs, said his trainer, Wes Hawley. The options are the $100,000 Classic for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth and the $75,000 Starter at seven and a half furlongs on the grass. Both are June 30.

“The plan at the present time is to hopefully make June 30,” said Hawley. “If not, we’ll look at the Evangeline Mile. And then there’s the Governor’s Cup at Remington. We’ve got the bonus in line at Remington. He’s the only horse eligible. He has to run at Remington, and he’ll automatically get $20,000.”

Global Gaming, which owns both Lone Star and Remington, introduced the bonus this year. It links three major stakes at the two tracks-the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile in April, the Lone Star Handicap and the Governor’s Cup. Horses earn points for their finishes in the races, and the owner and trainer of the horse who accumulates the most points splits the bonus, with the award only available to horses who start in all three legs of the triple.

Get in Da House was third in the Texas Mile, then was the lone horse from that field to return in the Lone Star. He rallied from last to finish second to Nates Mineshaft, who controlled the pace and won by more than seven lengths, with a Beyer Figure of 107. Get in Da House earned a Beyer of 94.

“We were disappointed in the fractions,” Hawley said of the 25.11 opening quarter and 49.20 opening half-mile. “Nates Mineshaft is walking the dog, and he’s a nice horse. We were tickled to run second.”

Hawley, who co-owns Get in Da House with Bob Orth, has the horse based at Louisiana Downs. Hawley on Saturday night will run Look at the Time, a two-time stakes winner at Fair Grounds, in the $50,000 Rajun Cajun at Evangeline. He won the race last year with Get in Da House.

Three turf sprints on Friday cards

In other racing Friday, there are three turf sprint allowances between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star. The first such race goes as the second at Louisiana Downs. More Than Ever will be cutting back from a mile for a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at about five furlongs on the grass. Earlier this year, More Than Ever won her maiden on the grass at Fair Grounds. Richard Eramia has the mount for trainer Morris Nicks.

The first of Lone Star’s two turf sprints Friday night is the fifth race, an optional $35,000 claiming race for fillies and mares at five furlongs. Quest for Success will be getting back to the grass for the first time since last July, when she won a turf sprint at Louisiana Downs. Quest for Success, who is a half-sister to the multiple Grade 1 winner Elloluv, will break from the rail, with Cliff Berry aboard for trainer Cody Autrey.

In the ninth at Lone Star, the 8-year-old Wilby’s Ray will literally be defending his home turf against newcomer Fit and Awesome in a first-level allowance at five furlongs. Fit and Awesome is in from Calder, and is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Dreams Gallore.

Orphan Brigade makes 100th start

Orphan Brigade, an 11-year-old winner of 27 races and $792,970, will make the 100th start of his career in Friday’s eighth race at Louisiana Downs. It is a $5,000 claiming sprint. He was seventh at this level in his last start May 18, when he set the pace and finished seventh lengths back for a Beyer Figure of 59.

Orphan Brigade, whose best career Beyer is a 108, is a three-time stakes winner who won his career debut in June 2003. Last year at the age of 10 he won three of 14 starts and finished second in five other races. Orphan Brigade is gelding by Roar.

* Richard E. Glover Jr., who for the past 13 years has been the editor of The Horsemen’s Journal, has resigned to work on other projects. During his tenure, Glover, 43, also served as director of communications for the publication’s owner, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Glover will continue to serve as communications director for the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership, and will pursue new projects through his Glover Enterprises (www.glover-ent.com). He is based in Austin, Texas.

* Fancey Faith, a 2-year-old half-sister to six-time stakes winner Lee’s Spirit, makes her career debut in Friday’s fourth at Louisiana Downs.