After trading blows in four stakes during the Calder Meet, Larry Fugate’s Cash Rules and Stipa Racing Stable, Inc.’s Numb Lips will go another round on Saturday when meeting in the $75,000 Darn That Alarm Stakes, the featured race on opening day of the Tropical Meet at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Trained by Dave Fawkes, Cash Rules holds a pair of decisions over Numb Lips, besting that rival in both the $55,000 Sumter Stakes in early May and most recently the $55,000 Band Is Passing Stakes. The son of Peace Rules was also second to Numb Lips’ third in the $75,000 Memorial Day Handicap where both horses proved futile in their pursuit of that race’s runaway winner Where’s Sterling.
Weighted at 121 pounds under the handicap conditions of the race and assigned post five at Monday’s post position draw, Cash Rules will be ridden by Luis Saez.
While Numb Lips was twice forced to watch Cash Rules enter the winner’s circle at his expense, the Agustin Bezara trainee did turn the tables on his rival when three lengths the best in the $55,000 Primal Stakes in mid-July.
The son of Olmodavor also shows a third-place finish this year in the $55,000 Mecke Stakes and a close second in the $125,000 Miami Mile Handicap where he was beaten less than a length by Imperial Czar, who also returns to contest Saturday’s Darn That Alarm.
Scheduled to carry 118 pounds from the gate, Numb Lips will start from post seven on Saturday and will be ridden by Fernando Jara.
Jessica Colon’s Imperial Czar, at his very best when winning the Miami Mile in April, will look to end a three-race streak of slumping performances on Saturday when starting from post four in the Darn That Alarm.
Since his career-defining victory in the Miami Mile, the Saul Matos-trained son of Imperialism has been little more than lackluster in his follow-up starts, suffering double-digit length defeats in both the Memorial Day Handicap and the Mecke at Calder before a trip to Louisiana to run in the $125,000 Evangeline Mile resulted in similar misfortune.
Weighted at 117 pounds for Saturday’s main-track tilt, Imperial Czar will look to get his season back on course under jockey John Delgado.
Lady Luck Stable’s Liberty Cap, the third-place finisher in both the Primal and the Band Is Passing, will return for the Darn That Alarm, as will Shivananda Racing’s Ducduc, who could do no better than fourth in the Band Is Passing but was second in the Sumter and third in the Miami Mile.
Completing the field for the Darn That Alarm is Dr. Derek K. and Kimberly Paul’s Sky Venture and Blackacre Farms, Inc.’s Flatter This.
The Saturday card from Calder will also feature the $55,000 Eillo Stakes, a five-furlong grassy dash that features Shadybrook Farm, Inc. and William Lussky’s Tripski, a recent turf-sprint allowance winner that was second in the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint on Summit of Speed day.
Also slated to contest the Eillo is Maurice Miller, LLC’s $55,000 Champali Stakes winner Uno Caliente, Frank C. Calabrese’s recently claimed Quiz Whiz, and Equels Marro Racing, LLC’s rapidly-developing 3-year-old Westbound Train.
First race post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. The Darn That Alarm Stakes is scheduled as the ninth race with an approximate post time of 4:16 p.m. with the Eillo slated to go as race 11 at 5:18 p.m.