Larry Fugate’s Cash Rules avenged his three-length Primal Stakes defeat at the hands of Stipa Racing Stable, Inc.’s Numb Lips when besting that rival by 2 ½ lengths to win the $55,000 Band Is Passing Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday.
“I think the other horse beat me last time because on that day I moved my horse a little too early,” winning jockey Luis Saez said, referring to the July 21 race where Cash Rules made the lead on the turn but finished second when passed in the final yards by Numb Lips. “Today the plan was to take a hold of him and wait as long as I could."
Following those plans to near-perfection, Cash Rules settled comfortably along the rail in third place during much of Saturday’s race as the speedy Oligarch made all the early running through early splits of :23.92 and :48.29.After running three-quarters in 1:13.69, Oligarch began to tire, drifting out just enough to open up a clear lane for Cash Rules to run through. Under deft guidance from his rider, the gelding responded instantaneously, charging to the front and opening a clear lead that was never challenged late, running the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:46.26 over a sloppy track.
“Once I saw the rail open at the top of the stretch, I knew it was time to move him,” Saez said. “I had to go right then before the other horses started to come at me. And when I asked my horse for run, he responded perfect and took off. The race was over.”
Trained by Dave Fawkes, Cash Rules returned $4.60, $2.60, and $2.20 for the win. Numb Lips paid $2.80 and $2.20 when second, while third-place finisher Liberty Cap, who was also third in the Primal, returned $3.20.
With his victory in the Band Is Passing, Cash Rules has now visited the winner’s circle five times in 12 starts and is a two-time stakes winner at the meet having also won the Sumter Stakes in early May. The son of Peace Rules has lifetime earnings of $167,226.
The win by Cash Rules was the sixth of the day for Saez, who became just the ninth jockey in the 40-year history of Calder to win that many races on a single card. The last to accomplish the feat was Manoel Cruz in November, 2005. Eddie Castro holds the one-day win record at Calder, riding nine winners in June, 2005.