05/17/2012 11:19AM

Evangeline Downs: Sweet Little Sleet heads Tellike


Sweet Little Sleet, winner of half of her six starts this year, looks to add to her string of recent successes as she heads a small but well-qualified group in Saturday night's Tellike Stakes at Evangeline Downs. The six filly and mare sprinters are set to go five furlongs on the turf in quest of the $50,000 purse.

Trained by Carl Deville, Sweet Little Sleet has been equally efficient on both dirt and turf this season. A daughter of Seattle Sleet, she won the Premier Bon Temps Starter Stakes over a sloppy Delta strip in early February before capturing a pair of optional claiming grass sprints at Fair Grounds. The reformed claimer has always had a knack for winning, having visited the winner's circle seven times from just 19 starts. Colby Hernandez takes over the riding duties Saturday night, subbing for an injured C. J. McMahon.

Little Polka will be returning to a sprint distance following a second-place performance in the Red Camelia Stakes over the Fair Grounds turf in her most recent start. A 6-year-old stakes winning mare, she will be making her first start for new trainer Pat Devereux. Veteran Gerard Melancon will be in the saddle.

Also in the Tellike are Storm's Promise, who was disqualified from second and placed third for interference in last summer's Princess Stakes at Louisiana Downs in her only turf start, and Cho Cho Cat, first or second in five of her seven career grass starts.