Wednesday, Team Valor's Steve Asmussen trainee Windward Passage was denied a berth in the Kentucky Derby due to the surprise entry of Bob Baffert-trained Danthebluegrassman. Team Valor and Asmussen turned the tables on Baffert Thursday as their Cashier's Dream outdueled Baffert-trained Shameful to win the $112,600 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Cashier's Dream, a Michigan-bred daughter of Service Stripe completed the seven furlongs in 1:24.83 after a wide trip under Donnie Meche.
Cashier's Dream broke well, then settled into fourth–place outside Some Came Running, Colonial Glitter, and Shameful. Some Came Running shuffled back as Shameful completed the opening quarter-mile in :22.65, leading by a head over Colonial Glitter. Cashier's Dream moved up to be second as Shameful raced a half-mile in :45.89 before Cashier's Dream took the lead in the stretch. Cashier's Dream led by a head at the stretch call and maintained that advantage to the wire.
"The idea was to keep her outside where the going was better and to get her to relax," said Meche. "We were drawn outside and it worked out fine. When we made the corner coming for home, I was a little bit farther out than I wanted to be. So I leaned in a bit -- I didn't smooch to her or anything -- and she just jumped forward on her own. She went right up to that other filly (Shameful with Jerry Bailey) and was going to go right on by. Mr. Jerry (Bailey) shouted at me: 'How much horse you got?' I yelled back: 'I got a ton.' And my filly dug in and got it done. I think maybe Mr. Bailey wasn't too happy. He hit me one time with his whip in the lane. Ah, but that was just probably an accident, don't you think? But I loved what my filly did. First time back and she was dead game."
Shameful finished 7 3/4 lengths ahead of Colonial Glitter, with Some Came Running fourth, and Honest Deceiver last. Drippingindiamonds, You'llbeinmyheart, Right Spice, and Brown Eyed Beauty completed the order of finish.
The La Troienne marks Cashier's Dream's first race since October, when she finished a well-beaten second to Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) starter You in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Prior to that, she won the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga and finished second -- again to You -- in the Adirondack Stakes. Thrursday's win improves her career record at Churchill to four wins from as many starts. Last year, she earned a maiden win in her debut, an allowance victory, and a 3 1/2-length win in the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at the Louisville oval. She is trained by Steve Asmussen and was bred by James and Laura Jackson. She earned $69,812 for the win, her fifth in seven starts.
"I am glad to have her back," said Asmussen. "She is one of two grade I winners I have ever had and she is in a different class."
The 7-10 favorite, Cashier's Dream returned $3.40, $2.40, and $2.10 and led the $7.20 exacta. Shameful paid $2.80 and $2.40. Colonial Glitter was worth $2.40 to show.
Earlier on the card, Peachtree Stable's Invisible Ink earned his first win since last January, taking an optional claiming race by a length. Last year's Kentucky Derby runner-up completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:45.68 on a sloppy track. (Chart, Equibase