07/22/2008 11:00PM

House's backups doing the job


BOSSIER CITY, La. - It seems the only thing hotter than the Louisiana weather these days is the stable of Brian House.

With a record of 8 wins from 24 starters, House entered this week in a tie for fifth in the trainer standings.

"Not bad considering the injuries we have had here this summer," House said Wednesday morning. "We have about 10 horses that are out right now, so we have been doing it with mostly second- and third-stringers."

Two runners who are definitely on the first team are recent winners Sing My A.P.C.'s and Fabuleux Joy. Both are nominated to next month's statebred Louisiana Champions program.

Sing My A.P.C.'s, a 3-year-old A.P. Delta filly, is nominated to the Louisiana Breeders' Oaks and is coming off a gutty front-running score in a first-level allowance last Saturday.

"I was not all that impressed with the race, to tell you the truth," House said. "This game is as much about the mental aspect as the physical. Physically, she is close to 100 percent, but mentally she is just not there yet. It is all about finishing a race, and in that respect, she continues to be found lacking."

Wearing blinkers for the first time, Sing My A.P.C.'s quickly opened up a daylight advantage on Saturday and led by as much as six lengths in the run up the backstretch before settling for a half-length advantage at the wire.

"The blinkers seemed to help during the middle part of the race, but she remains too competitive for her own good," House said. "Without the blinkers she would look around for somebody to do battle with, and now with the blinkers she seems to have turned all that competitiveness inward on herself. We still have to work on her professionalism."

House is much more pleased with his other stable star, Fabuleux Joy, whom he has nominated to the Walmac Farm Matchmaker. A 6-year-old Joyeux Danseur mare, she has won three times since House claimed her for $15,000 here last summer. Included in that win total was a first-level allowance against open company in mid May and a second-level allowance against Louisiana-breds in her most recent start on July 10.

"We had some racing luck go our way in that open company win, but she beat some pretty good mares," House said. "That field stacked up pretty well against what statebred stakes types will be about."