Undefeated Populist Politics won his second consecutive race at the Fair Grounds, drawing off to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $109,825 Louisiana Futurity (VIDEO
) on New Year's Eve. The 2-year-old colt bred by Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes, becomes the first stakes winner and leading earner for Spendthrift freshman sire Don't Get Mad.
Trained by Tom Amoss for Klaravich Stable Inc. and W. H. Lawrence, Populist Politics is now 2-for-2 lifetime, following his maiden victory on Thanksgiving Day. He was purchased for $70,000 by Buzz Chace, agent, at the OBS April Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training, and has now earned $88,095.
Much like he was in his debut, Populist Politics was never far back in the six furlong Futurity. Traveling third until mid-stretch, he rallied up the rail to get the lead at the sixteenth pole and pulled away for a 1 3/4-length win in 1:12.72.
The bay colt is the first foal out of Cedar Summer, who was third as a 2-year-old in the Anna Fisher Debutante S. at Ellis Park and the Instant Racing Breeders' Cup S. at Oaklawn at three. The family also includes the multiple graded stakes winning older horse Ball Four, who set a nine furlong track record at Turfway Park in the Kentucky Cup Classic (G2).