08/20/2011 7:34PM

Louisiana Downs: Old Bushmill outdoes older brother in Louisiana Turf Classic

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Lou Hodges Jr.
The 3-year-old Old Bushmill defeats older horses in the featured Louisiana Cup Turf Classic.

Old Bushmill is emerging as a Louisiana-bred with a bright future. His coming out party was Saturday at Louisiana Downs, where he rallied for a determined, half-length win over a tough group of older horses in the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic.

The race was one of eight stakes for statebreds, with purses for the races totaling $570,000.

Old Bushmill ($11.20) defeated a field that included his half-brother, seven-time stakes winner Ide Like a Double, who finished fifth. Old Bushmill, a 3-year-old by North Light who was making his third start at the meet, had previously won his maiden and a first-level allowance over the local turf course.

Saturday, he settled off the pace set by Tensas Cat, who jumped out to the lead soon after the start and led the field through fractions of 22.92 seconds for the opening quarter, 47 for the half-mile, and 1:11.65 for six furlongs. Old Bushmill advanced four-wide into the stretch and was diligent to the wire, getting past Heavenville to complete the 1 1/16 miles  on firm ground in 1:42.69. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third to Wildrally.

Richard Eramia rode Old Bushmill for Larry Johnson and trainer Morris Nicks. The horse has now won 3 of 8 starts and $118,574.

The Turf Classic was one of two stakes scores on the card for leading rider Eramia, who opened the program by guiding My Star Runner ($3.80) to a half-length win over Chief Jay in the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint. With the win, My Star Runner ran his Louisiana Downs record to 4 for 4. He covered six furlongs on a track rated fast in 1:10.17. Cody Autrey trains My Star Runner for Charles Fletcher.

Trainer Wes Hawley swept the 3-year-old races on the card, with Get in Da House winning at two turns for the first time in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Derby, and Lovenotlost romping by seven lengths in the $75,000 Oaks.

Get in Da House ($3) settled off a contested pace before winning by 3 1/4 lengths over Heavy on Themister. Don Simington rode the horse, who came into the derby off a third-place finish in the $100,000 Prelude earlier this month. Get in Da House, who races for Hawley and Bob Orth, covered 1 1/16 miles  in 1:45.09.

Simington was also aboard Lovenotlost ($3.40), who picked up her fourth stakes win of the year in the Oaks. She covered 1 1/16  miles  in 1:45.66. Lovenotlost is owned by Tri-Star Racing. Earlier this year, she won a pair of statebred stakes at Fair Grounds and another at Evangeline.

Kaki’s Storm ($47.20) handed 2-5 favorite Coteau Kitten the first defeat of her four-race career in the $50,000 Juvenile Fillies, when she forged home in front by two lengths. Coteau Kitten held second. Kaki’s Storm covered six furlongs in 1:12.34. Carlos Gonzalez rode the winner for Hickory Stables and trainer Al Cates.

In the other race for 2-year-olds, the $50,000 Juvenile, Top Cat Boogie ($7.80) became the fourth next-out winner to emerge from last month’s colts division of the D.S. “Shine” Young Memorial Futurity when he stormed to a 4 ¼-length win. Diego Saenz was aboard Top Cat Boogie for Circle H Farms and trainer Tony Richey.

Saenz also won the $100,000 Distaff with Skipping Town ($6.40), who was up for a nose win over pacesetter Royal Madame. It was the second straight stakes win for Skipping Town, who took the $50,000 Matron last month at Evangeline Downs. Sam Ishaq trains the winner for Daniel Family Farms.

In the final stakes on the card, Daphne Angela ($12.80) won the $60,000 Filly and Mare Sprint in her first start in more than  a year. She closed strongly for a 5 ½-length win over Good Human Bean. It was another three-quarters of a length back in third to Little Polka Dot, who was seeking her fifth consecutive win. E.J. Perrodin rode the winner for Fred Currie and trainer Patrick Mouton.