08/21/2012 2:06PM

Louisiana Downs: Top Cat Boogie's success easing owner's pain

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Top Cat Boogie (left) leads gate to to wire in the Louisiana Cup Derby.

When the 3-year-old Top Cat Boogie won his fourth stakes race of the year in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Derby at Louisiana Downs last Saturday, the win meant so much more to his connections than the first-place check of $45,000.

“His sire died over the winter, and to get a colt like him doing what he’s doing, it’s kind of erasing a little bit of the pain of losing his stallion,” said Alan Klanfer, who trains Top Cat Boogie for the Circle H Farms operation of Don Hargroder.

Top Cat Boogie is by Big Top Cat, a 2002 son of Storm Cat and the multiple Grade 1-winning mare Golden Attraction. Top Cat Boogie is his late stallion’s leading earner, with five stakes wins and a bankroll of $268,198.

The Louisiana Cup Derby was the third straight stakes win this year for Top Cat Boogie, who has a host of options for his next start, Klanfer said. Among them are the $100,000 Gold Cup for Louisiana-breds at a mile at Delta Downs on Oct. 27, and the $100,000 Unbridled at 1 1/16 miles on turf on the Super Derby undercard at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 8. As for the Super Derby, it is not currently an objective for Top Cat Boogie.

“We did do an early nomination,” Klanfer said Thursday. “There is a second nomination, and we haven’t decided on that. We’ll see how he comes back when he [resumes] training. We’ll see how he is doing and go from there. I’m not sure on the Super Derby.”

As for the turf option of the Unbridled, Klanfer noted Top Cat Boogie ran well over the Louisiana Downs course last year, when second by a neck in the $150,000 Sunday Silence. Klanfer said he also will look at sprint options for Top Cat Boogie as the horse has won three stakes at distances of five to seven furlongs.

Top Cat Boogie earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85 for his win Saturday. He is based at the Evangeline Downs Training Center near Lafayette, La.

Get Happy Mister gets vacation

Get Happy Mister, a 2-year-old who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93 for his win Sunday in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park, is getting a vacation, trainer Kenneth Gleason said. He said the horse is to be turned out at his farm in Kansas.

“He’s run four times already this year; we’ll let him rest until he’s a 3-year-old,” Gleason said Thursday. “He’s a great big horse, and he’s got a lot of weight to carry on those legs. As fast as he runs, we’re going to let him grow up.”

Gleason said the plan for Get Happy Mister, who races for Tangarae Farms, is for him to return to the races next season at Arapahoe, then branch out. The horse is undefeated in four starts, and the Beyer he earned is tied for fourth-highest for a 2-year-old so far this year. He dominated the Gold Rush, rolling clear by more than nine lengths while defeating shippers from Southern California, Kentucky, and Iowa.

“I think he’ll be able to go two turns,” Gleason said. “He was just going on the other day at three-quarters. And he came back like he had hardly run.”

Get Happy Mister is a Colorado-bred son of First Samurai, and he was a $46,000 purchase at a yearling auction last season in Colorado.

Louisiana dates requests

Race date requests for some of the tracks in Louisiana will be on the agenda during a two-day Louisiana Racing Commission meeting Aug. 29-30. Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., has asked for an 84-date Thoroughbred meet that would open April 3 and race through Aug. 24. This year, the meet opened April 18 and runs through Sept. 8.

Louisiana Downs is seeking an 84-date Thoroughbred meet for 2013 that would open May 3 and run through Sept. 22 in a season that mirrors the current stand. Louisiana Downs also has asked for a 46-date Quarter Horse meet from Jan. 12-March 27.

In other 2013 requests, Delta Downs has asked for a 46-date meet for Quarter Horses from April 19-July 6, while Fair Grounds in New Orleans is seeking a 12-date meet for Quarter Horses, from Aug. 14 through Aug. 31. The commission has already awarded Thoroughbred dates for Fair Grounds and Delta.

The commission next week also will address six dermorphin rulings that have been referred to the panel by stewards. Dermorphin is a Category 1 drug violation. All of the cases to be adjudicated next week stem from rulings at Delta. The cases are to be heard Aug. 30.

◗ Early M, winner of the $50,000 Valor Farm at Lone Star Park in her last start July 7, seeks her fifth consecutive win in Thursday night’s eighth race at Remington Park.