Cashier's Dream, winning the Spinaway.

Cashier's Dream, winning the Spinaway.

AP/ NYRA/ Adam Coglianese

Cashier's Dream Showing Improvement Following Surgery

Team Valor and Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Cashier's Dream who underwent surgery Tuesday for what was diagnosed as a twisted intestine, was "doing much better" Thursday evening, Team Valor president Barry Irwin said.

Cashier's Dream, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) last year and the La Troienne (gr. III) in her only start in 2002, was to have flown to New York for Prioress Stakes (gr. I) on July 6. But after coming down with what was believed to be a severe case of colic, she was sent instead to Hagyard-Davidson-McGee equine clinic in Lexington, Ky. for surgery, where she had eight to 10 feet of intestine removed.

"Things looked pretty bleak yesterday," Irwin said. "But the vets now say one more day with nothing going wrong and she should be okay. The only bad things right now are an elevated temperature, and one of her pupils are dilated. But they took her muzzle off today and removed her intravenous, and she's been eating, grazing, and moving her bowels. She has an incredible disposition and has been the ideal patient. She's always been a very gutsy horse. When she got there she was in discomfort, but when the vet (Dr. Mike Spirito) opened her up, he said horses who have what she did usually are writhing in pain. Whereas it usually takes 10 minutes to straighten something like this out, this time it took 30 minutes."

Cashier's Dream has won five her seven career starts for earnings of $423,042. Her only other stakes victory came in the Churchill Downs Debutante Stakes (gr. III). Her two seconds were in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) and Adirondack Stakes (gr. II). The daughter of Service Stripe also set a track record at Churchill Downs for 5 1/2 furlongs, covering the distance in 1:02.52.