After hitting the board in three previous stakes attempts at the meet, Numb Lips finally prevailed when a three-length winner of the Primal, giving the Agustin Bezara trainee his first career stakes triumph while simultaneously ending an eight-race losing streak.
Numb Lips will start from post six on Saturday with Fernando Jara scheduled to ride.
The David Fawkes-trained Cash Rules doesn’t have much grass experience, but is a main-track stakes winner at the meet, having taken the $55,000 Sumter Stakes in early May. The son of Peace Rules followed that victory with second-place performances in both the Primal and the $75,000 Memorial Day Handicap where he finished behind Pacific Classic-bound Where’s Sterling.
Cash Rules, who crossed the wire third in his lone lifetime turf try, has drawn post two for the Band Is Passing and will be ridden by leading local rider Luis Saez.
Imported stateside in 2011 to finish fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths, in the $100,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream grass, Liberty Cap had the looks of an eventual turf stakes winner, but 17 months and 16 starts later, the son of Street Cry enters the Band Is Passing without a stakes victory on his résumé.
In addition to his third in the Primal, Liberty Cap shows a fourth-place performance in the $55,000 Mecke Stakes and is a three-time winner on the year, including a grassy triumph at Gulfstream in March. The Chris Gatis trainee crossed the wire third in his most recent turf appearance, a local starter allowance in early July.
Liberty Cap has drawn post four for the Band Is Passing and will get the riding services of Jozbin Santana.
Caroni Stable’s Oligarch crossed the wire fourth in the Primal, his second straight main track stakes attempt, and is a three-time winner over the local lawn, including a triumph in last October’s $75,000 Tropical Park Derby.
Trained by Rodolfo Garcia, Oligarch was assigned post five at Monday’s post position draw and will be ridden by Eduardo Nunez.
Shivananda Racing’s Ducduc, the fifth-place finisher in the Primal, is also scheduled for a start in the Band Is Passing. Trained by Bisnath Parboo, the son of Langfuhr crossed the wire second two starts ago in the Sumter, and prior to that performance was third, beaten just over a length, in the $125,000 Miami Mile Handicap.
Ducduc, the winner of last year’s $55,000 Joey Blueeyes, run on the Calder turf course at the same 1 1/16-mile distance of Saturday’s race, drew post one and will be ridden by Orlando Bocachica.
Other notables entered in the Band Is Passing include Blackacre Farms, Inc.’s Flatter This, winner of last year’s off-the-turf running of the Band Is Passing, and Chasing Tails Stables’ Devon Rock, who took a late June Calder turf allowance by 5 ¼ lengths.
Completing the field is Laura White’s Clean Shot, Bates Stable, Inc. and Jill Julian’s Runyon Humor, and Dinah Stein and Sal Maya’s Dinahmite Sal.
The $55,000 Band Is Passing Stakes is scheduled to go as the 10th race on a 12-race Saturday program from Calder with an approximate post time of 5:03 p.m. First race post time is 12:55 p.m.