Cash Rules just holds in Spend a Buck

In a virtual replay of the Frances A. Genter one race earlier, Larry Fugate's Cash Rules just held the late run of Ducduc on the wire of the Grade 3, $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap on Calder's Festival of the Sun program Saturday.

The 2-5 favorite circled the dueling pacesetters rounding the turn and had a clear lead in the lane, but Ducduc slowly whittled away that advantage as Cash Rules visibly began tiring. In the end, the five-year-old gelding had enough left to hold Ducduc by three parts of a length on the wire to return $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Jockey Luis Saez guided Cash Rules to finish 1 1/16 miles on the good main track in 1:46 4/5.

Ducduc was game in defeat after saving ground along the inside down the backstretch in the back of the field. The Langfuhr six-year-old stayed on the rail as Cash Rules swung wide of the dueling Decisive Moment and Two is to Many, but angled out to follow his rival entering the lane. He quickly moved back over to the rail as Cash Rules ran a bit erratically late and just missed while easily best of the rest.

Flatter This came from last to take third by a head over Fair Whit, while Two is to Many and Decisive Moment completed the order of finish after Gourmet Dinner and Csaba were both withdrawn.

Cash Rules earned his first graded win, and third straight stakes victory, in this spot for trainer David Fawkes. The bay son of Peace Rules opened his career by taking his debut at Calder, but didn't factor when making his stakes bow in the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap in December 2010. He wouldn't return to competition for 15 months, reportedly dealing with a slab fracture in his knee, and recorded his only other out-of-the-money run when returning to action with a fifth-placing in an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park on March 11 of this year.

Since then Cash Rules has captured the Sumter Stakes, Band is Passing Stakes and Darn That Alarm Handicap while placing in the Memorial Day Handicap and Primal Stakes. The Spend a Buck win improved his line to 14-7-3-2 and he has now banked $274,641 lifetime.

Bred in Florida by Fugate and Marshall & Suzanne Novak, Cash Rules is out of the stakes-placed Silver Buck mare Cindys Sonnet and comes from the same female family as Grade 2 victress Vacumette as well as Grade 3 scorers Thunder Regent and Distinct Reality. Farther back in his line are 1953 champion two-year-old filly Evening Out, and1940 Belmont Stakes runner-up Your Chance.

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