06/09/2011 2:44PM

Evangeline: Populist Politics seeks to change his luck in Rajun Cajun


Populist Politics, a Triple Crown nominee who was undefeated as a 2-year-old, finds himself not in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, but the $50,000 Rajun Cajun against fellow 3-year-old Louisiana-breds at Evangeline Downs. The Tom Amoss-trained Populist Politics will square off against a solid group of eight rivals at seven furlongs.

After winning his maiden and capturing the six-figure Louisiana Futurity at Fair Grounds late last year, Populist Politics suffered his first defeat in his first start at 3 when he finished fourth in the Premier Prince at Delta Downs in February. He then just missed in the Gentilly Stakes over the Fair Grounds turf before appearing to return to his winning ways by finishing a nose the best in the Crescent City Derby in late March. He was disqualified for drifting in during the late stages, however, as his star crossed 3-year-old campaign continued. His latest start came against allowance foes at Presque Isle Downs late last month when he finished a troubled fourth. Gerard Melancon has the call.

Get in Da House comes into his initial stakes attempt off a sharp allowance score against open company at Louisiana Downs. That effort was worth an impressive 88 Beyer Speed Figure. Trainer Wes Hawley claimed Get in Da House off a win in maiden claiming company in his first start, when he overcame a troubled start. Sandwiched between those two wins, Get in Da House suffered his lone defeat when jockey Don Simington was unseated after Get in Da House was jammed into the rail by a rival just after the break in a Louisiana Downs allowance May 7. Simington returns to the saddle Saturday night.

Toro Bravo, trained by Pat Devereux, has never finished worse than second in his seven-race career. Included in his three victories was a daylight score in the D. S. “Shine” Young Futurity at Evangeline last summer. Diego Saenz has the call.