05/28/2013 1:47PM

Get in Da House on vacation, will target fall campaign

Email
Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography
Get in Da House may return this fall in a stakes race at Delta Downs.

Get in Da House, the runner-up in last year’s Lone Star Park Handicap who skipped Monday’s renewal of the Grade 3, $300,000 race, is being freshened and will return to action in the fall, said his trainer, Wes Hawley. The horse was recently sent to a farm near his base of Louisiana Downs.

“We’re giving him the summer off,” Hawley said. “He’s turned out. He looked like he needed a mental break more than anything.”

Get in Da House last raced on April 27, finishing fourth in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star. Hawley said about 10 days following the start, the decision was made to give Get in Da House a vacation. He is scheduled to return to training in August.

“This winter between Delta and the Fair Grounds there’s a lot of races for him, and we’d like to have a fresh horse,” said Hawley, who co-owns Get in Da House with Robert Orth.

Hawley said Get in Da House’s comeback could come in a race like the Gold Cup at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. He said the horse, who was bred in Louisiana, is also a candidate for the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds and the Louisiana Premiere Night Championship at Delta.

Last year, Get in Da House ran one of the best races of his season in the Lone Star Park Handicap, which was won by Nates Mineshaft. Get in Da House was also third in last year’s Texas Mile at Lone Star and Governor’s Cup at Remington Park to earn a $20,000 bonus linking the races run at the sister tracks of Lone Star and Remington.

Get in Da House, a 5-year-old by the Unbridled stallion Grand Appointment, has won 9 of 25 starts and $432,944.

Stakes-placed runner tries turf

Successful Story, who was third in the $50,000 Inaugural last month at Evangeline Downs, will make his turf debut in Thursday’s seventh race, at Louisiana Downs, a first-level allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs. Successful Story is a son of Successful Appeal, a multiple Grade 2 winner who is getting 11 percent winners from his first-time turf starters and 10 percent winners on the grass overall. Don Simington has the mount on Successful Story for owner-trainer Brent Delahoussaye.

Other leading contenders in the field include Fatty Langbein, who split a first-level allowance field at Fair Grounds in his last start March 30. The move back to the Louisiana Downs course should be meaningful for Fatty Langbein as his two turf wins have come in Bossier City, La. Joe Duhon trains for the Dream Walkin’ Farms operation of country artist Toby Keith.

Stakes program launches Saturday

Louisiana Downs will run the first two stakes of its young meet on Saturday. The track will be putting on a pair of one-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up bred in Louisiana. Among those nominated to the $50,000 Honeymoon for fillies and mares is Ladyzarbridge, who won this race a year ago, and Divine Lorretta, winner of the Red Camelia at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The $50,000 John Franks Memorial nominees include defending champ String King, who was third in the Grade 2 Mervin Muniz this past meet at Fair Grounds.