Get in Da House
, the hard-knocking 4-year-old gelding co-owned by Robert Orth and his trainer Wes Hawley
, is now set for a start in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 8
at Fair Grounds when the Crescent City oval hosts Louisiana Champions Day for the 22nd year.
“Definitely,” said Hawley Saturday morning in the racing office when
asked if Get in Da House would be going in Fair Grounds’ Louisiana
Champions Day headliner, but his positive tone would not have been in
evidence if the 49-year-old Oklahoma-born conditioner had been asked
that question a couple of weeks ago.
“He got run into by another horse about three weeks ago (Nov. 11) and
he was lame for a few days after that,” said Hawley of the training
accident. “It was kind of like a little hip pointer injury. But he’s
always been a tough horse and he has responded to everything we’ve done
and about 10 days after he got hurt I realized we could still think
about this race.
“In fact, I worked him this morning (five-eighths in 1:01.60) and he
went real good,” Hawley said. “He threw a little scare into me for a
couple of strides when he jumped a shadow at about the 4 1/2-furlong
marker but then he got going again and finished up good. In fact,
(jockey) Miguel Mena said it was the best the horse has ever worked for him.”
At his best Get in Da House can give a lot of very good horses all they can handle. This year he was third to Alternation and Prayer for Relief in Remington’s $200,000 Governor’s Cup, third beaten 1 3/4-lengths behind the victorious Star Guitar in Evangeline’s $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic, runner-up to 2012 Grade II New Orleans Handicap hero Nates Mineshaft the Grade III Lone Star Park Handicap and third beaten a neck for all the money behind Star Guitar and Populist Politics in Fair Grounds’ $90,000 Costa Rising Stakes on Louisiana Derby Day.
“Not long ago I thought I would have a couple of other horses in the
other races on Louisiana Champions Day,” concluded Hawley, a highly
regarded horseman who began his training career in 1994 and tied for
fifth in Fair Grounds’ final standings last year.
“However, one of them hasn’t come along quite the way I would have
wanted and then I decided to give some time off to the other one and
give him a little TLC,” Hawley said.
“But Get in Da House is training really well right now,” concluded
Hawley, who claimed the horse for $10,000 in his first start at Fair
Grounds last March 14. “He’s turned out to be one of the best claims
I’ve ever made.”