Populist Politics keeps stepping up his game, and following his big
third-place finish in last weekend’s Super Derby, he could get another
shot at graded competition next month. Trainer Tom Amoss said earlier
this week that Populist Politics is now under consideration for the
Grade 2, $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 1.
The horse entered the Super Derby, a Grade 2, $500,000 race at
Louisiana Downs last Saturday, with a pair of Louisiana-bred stakes wins
to his credit. He trailed the field through six furlongs in 1:15.49 in
his graded stakes debut and then came with a determined run to finish 2
1/2 lengths behind wire-to-wire winner Prayer for Relief.
“He was behind the eight-ball because of his style,” Amoss said of
closer Populist Politics. “The pace was ridiculously slow. It’s
something a horse just can’t overcome.