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HIALEAH, FL—DECEMBER 11, 2011—Count The Menace, a homebred for Ryan Bachman, raced to a ˝ length victory on Sunday while posting the top qualifying time for the Hialeah Laddie Futurity at Hialeah Park.
The Laddie trials, contested at 400-yards over a Hialeah Park racing strip that was listed as good after on-again, off-again rains throughout the morning in South Florida, the ten qualifiers for the final came out of only three different trials. The 10 two-year-olds, from 47 starters, recording the fastest times will return the day after Christmas (December 26th) to vie for the winner's share of the $100,000-added final.
Jockey Brian Theriot moved Bachman's Count The Menace to the front shortly after the break, then steadily pulled away, before stopping the timer at :19.510 seconds for the fastest time.
It was the third career, win in eight starts, for the Charlton Hunt trainee who has earned more than $43,000 this season. The gray Executive Menace gelding also qualified to the $84,664 Iowa Double Gold Futurity(RG3) at Prairie Meadows last August. He is out of the Rare Bare mare Countess Rare Bar.
Lil Shorta Cash set the second fastest time of :19.579, after winning the final trial by a head over Tf First Pick. It was the only trial contested over a sloppy surface. Rodney Layne Harmon owns the Panther Mountain colt out of Shakem Ur Cash, by Royal Shake Em. Brian Muse conditions the three-time winner with Jesus Salazar riding.
The second trial went to Cash For Wagon Boss, also ridden by Salazar and trained by Muse, who posted the fifth fastest time of :19.618. The Pyc Paint Your Wagon 2-year-old came into the trials off a third place effort in the $229,000 Valley Junction Futurity(G3) at Prairie Meadows on September 30th. Owned by David and Jamie Nix, the brown gelding has earnings of more than $67,000 from eight career starts.
For the complete list of finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.
Racing resumes at this iconic South Florida racing emporium on Friday December 16. Hialeah Park will race on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday basis for the duration of the season, with one exception. The track will be dark on Christmas Day, but will offer an eight-race program Monday December 26.