08/06/2011 7:48PM

Louisiana Downs: Trubs gives Stall a repeat in Prelude Stakes

Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts
Trubbs, with Shane Sellers up, outduels Populist Politics to win the $100,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs.

A year after winning the Prelude Stakes with Apart, trainer Al Stall Jr. was at it again Saturday when he sent out Trubs to a three-quarter-length score over favorite Populist Politics in this year’s running of the $100,000 race that serves as Louisiana Downs’ prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby.

Trubs earned a fees-paid berth into the Sept. 10 race, which Apart also won last year. 

The Prelude was the richest of four stakes worth a cumulative $250,000 on Saturday at Louisiana Downs. The races were designed as stepping-stones to the stakes that will be run on Super Derby Day.

Trubs ($15.80) might have put himself in the running for a Super Derby start when he came back along the rail to overtake Populist Politics and Get in Da House in a gutsy Prelude win. The race was his first start as a gelding, and after breaking sharply, he was content to settle in third behind Destinare and Eddie’s Band.

The pacesetters took turns leading the field, with Destinare in command through an opening quarter of 24.34 seconds, and Eddie’s Band taking over following a half-mile in 48.79. Trubs was patient while racing along the inside, and after being angled out three wide to move past the leaders heading into the stretch, he found himself overtaken by the late-running Populist Politics and Get in Da House. But the resilient Trubs had something more in the late stages, surging back from tight quarters to gain the lead again under Shane Sellers.

Trubs covered the 1 1/16 miles on a track rated fast in 1:46.60. He races for his breeders, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. The win gave Dilschneider, who owns Apart, her second straight score in the Prelude.

Get in Da House finished third Saturday, 2 3/4 lengths behind Populist Politics. 

The win was the second in a stakes for Trubs, who earlier this year took the $58,000 Black Gold at Fair Grounds. He is a son of First Samurai.

*  In other stakes action, Exchanted ($5.60) overcame being carried out in the first turn to post a one-length win over Little Ms Protocol in the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial for 2-year-old fillies. She covered 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:31.03. Justin Shepherd was aboard the winner for William Reed and trainer Bret Calhoun.

* Tequila Factor ($61.60) ran down a clear Worthington to post a half-length win in the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo, which was for 2-year-olds at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. He covered the distance in 1:31.80. Trey Agilar rode Tequila Factor for Coby Tresner and trainer Ingrid Mason. Easton Jack rallied for second in the Sunny’s Halo, which was a prep for the $150,000 Sunday Silence on Sept. 10.

* Go Tiger Jack ($39.40) rallied for a one-length win in the $50,000 Barksdale, covering the mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up in 1:35.80. Alex Beitia rode the winner for Melissa Cantacuzene. Category Seven, the mare facing males, was the favorite and finished fourth in the Barksdale.