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Cash Rules Reigns in Sumter

Tags: Cash Rules, Sumter Stakes, Racing News | May 05, 2012

Larry Fugate’s Cash Rules, away from the winner’s circle since posting consecutive victories in the fall of 2010, held off the late challenge of Shivananda Racing’s Ducduc to win the $55,000 Sumter Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday, covering the one mile and 70-yard distance over a fast track in 1:43.17.

“I just looked at the last time he won with jockey Eibar Coa,” winning rider Luis Saez said. “Coa had him second early in that race, so I did the same thing.”

After tracking the early leader Hear Ye Hear Ye through opening splits of :24.14 and :48.75, Cash Rules inherited the lead from the tiring defending race champion through three quarters in 1:12.90. From there the son of Peace Rules opened up a clear lead on his rivals before holding off Ducduc in the final yards to prevail by 1 ½ lengths.

“Coming into the stretch, my horse just responded perfect,” Saez added. “He wasn’t tired; he didn’t wait for anybody. He just went on and run.”

Trained by Dave Fawkes, Cash Rules was a popular winner, returning $6.00, $3.60, and $3.00 for the victory. Ducduc paid $5.20 and $3.20 for second. It was two lengths back to Dream Maestro, who paid $4.00 for third.

Numb Lips, Atoned, Hear Ye Hear Ye, Matty’s Trail, and Tannersville completed the order of finish.

With his Sumter Stakes victory, Cash Rules is now a four-time winner from nine starts, with earnings of $108,096. The gelding was bred in Florida by Fugate, Marshall Novak, and Suzanne Novak.