|I Make Em Shake Does Just That
in $393,120 Dash For Cash Futurity
18, 2003) - I Make Em Shake finished with an explosive late
kick to narrowly defeat the filly Ima Perry Girl by a nose in Saturday’s
Grade 1, $393,120 Dash For Cash Futurity in fron of 5,986 fans at
Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The 2-year-old gelding by Royal Shake Em out of the Jet Toro mare
April Toro ran 400 yards on a fast track in :19.64. Alvin “Bubba”
Brossette, who tallied a track record-equaling five winners on the
night (a mark shared by Roy Baldillez), rode I Make Em Shake for
trainer Philips Calais Jr. and owner Betty Jo Spence of Orange,
I Make Em Shake paid $22.20 to win.
“This is the fourth generation that I’ve been connected
with of this particular horse,” Spence said. “If it
hadn’t been for a mare back in 1982 whose name was Flashy
Julie there wouldn’t have been an I Make Em Shake. This is
absolutely a dream come true.”
I Make Em Shake, who broke from post No. 7 in the field of nine
2-year-olds, was kicked in the gate by a thrashing SS Bug N Bubba,
who was just to his outside, just prior to the start. At the break,
the Texas-bred got away in fifth then steadily closed ground in
the final 100 yards to prevail.
“It was a helluva race all the way and, actually, when the
race was over I wasn’t sure that she (Ima Perry Girl) hadn’t
beat me,” Brossette said. “It was real close. I knew
the horse would stretch and I was just hoping for the nod. It was
a horserace all the way. I had to jump on her early. We hooked up,
it was a battle head and head, and it was just a nod. Thank god
we got it.”
I Make Em Shake, winner of the TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity in
August at Sam Houston Race Park, earned $157,248 in Saturday’s
triumph. It was his fourth victory in eight starts, and improved
his earnings to $236,938.
“He was off right at two months from the Sires’ Cup
Futurity in Houston, and he kind of needed that [trial] race [two
weeks ago] to tune him back up. I knew if we could get in the finals
we’d be tough.”
Runner-up Ima Perry Girl finished a neck in front of third-place
finisher Jess Rapid. Sixes Royal, the even-money wagering choice,
was fourth. Counting Sheep, Executive Menace, Will To Win 123, Overlook
Easy and SS Bug N Bubba completed the order of finish.
Hadtobenuts, the fastest qualifier to the race, was scratched.
“[Friday] morning he developed some stomach pain,”
said Hadtobenuts trainer Heath Taylor.”It continued to be
more painful throughout the day. He’s at the Las Colinas Veterinary
Clinic. I think the horse is in at least stable condition, but the
next twenty-four hours is critical. We’re hoping everything
turns out for the best. We’re very, very disappointed. He
trained beautifully for us up to this race, as recently as [Friday]
Two races before the featured race, Brossette rode JLS Speed Horse
Ranch Inc.’s JLS Streak of Snow to victory in the $43,680
Dash For Cash Juvenile Stakes. Trained by John Darrell Soileau,
the This Snow Is Royal filly covered 400 yards in :19.82 and paid
$17.60 to win.