When Cashier's Dream set a 5 1/2-furlong track record at Churchill Downs while winning the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) in July, the daughter of Service Stripe had many people wondering, "Who the heck is Service Stripe?"
For good reason. Cashier's Dream was bred in Michigan, where Service Stripe began his stud career, and she is one of nine 2-year-olds from the stallion's second crop of foals. His first crop consisted of 19 foals. She is also one of three stakes winners from those first two crops of 28 foals, 15 of which are starters and 11 of which are winners.
Breeders are beginning to learn more about this son of Deputy Minister since he was brought down from Michigan after his second year at stud to Crestwood Farm, a Lexington farm owned and operated by the Pope McLean family. Service Stripe was syndicated after being purchased by Crestwood in partnership with Ro Parra, the Dell Computer executive who thought the horse deserved a chance to stand in Kentucky. "We went over him with a fine-tooth comb," said McLean. "Then, after looking at the pedigrees of the mares he was bred to in Michigan we thought he might be worth a chance."
Service Stripe stood for $2,500 at Crestwood, where the number of mares bred to him increased from 36 in 2000 to more than 56 this year. His success with Cashier's Dream and his two other stakes winners has convinced Service Stripe's owners to boost the 2002 stud fee, probably to $7,500. "We've already gotten a number of calls from people wanting to breed to him for the first time in 2002," said Pope McLean Jr., the son of the farm's founder.
Ten-year-old Service Stripe was bred in Kentucky by Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud, was owned by Rene Dar Farms, and was trained by Charlie Williams. He was a very good racehorse, winning 10 of 22 starts from ages 2-5, including two stakes. He campaigned in the Midwest, beginning his career at Remington Park in 1993, and making stops at Oaklawn Park, Retama Park, Arlingtton Park, Turfway Park, now-defunct Ladbroke DRF, and Thistledown. His stakes victories came in the Best of the West Handicap at Remington and the Pontiac Handicap at DRC. The dark bay or brown horse raced mainly from 5 1/2 furlong to seven furlongs; in his only try at a mile he was second in the Beau Genius Handicap at DRC. His average winning distance was 6.2 furlongs.
Service Stripe probably inherited his speed from his dam, the crack sprinter Wedding Picture, a daughter of Blushing Groom who won two sprint stakes, the Revidere Handicap at Saratoga and the Pinafore Stakes at Suffolk Downs. Wedding Picture won eight of 14 starts racing for her breeder, the Pin Oak Farm of Josephine Abercrombie. Wedding Picture is a half-sister to Strike a Balance, dam of Pin Oak sire Peaks and Valleys. Angel Penna Jr. trained Wedding Picture
The dam of Cashier's Dream is Jerry's Sister, a daughter of the perennial leading sire in Michigan, the late Monetary Gift (by Gold and Myrrh). Jerry's Sister raced for Rene Dar Farms and was trained by James R. Jackson, who bred Cashier's Dream in partnership with Laura Jackson. James Jackson trained Cashier's Dream for Diamond J. Ranch through the filly's first two starts, both wins at Churchill Downs. She was then sold to Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Team Valor, which turned her over to trainer Steve Asmussen.
Jerry's Sister won 3-of-5 starts from four furlongs to a mile, with two seconds. She won the five-furlong Regret Stakes at DRC as a 3-year-old. Now 10, Jerry's Sister, now 10, has produced three foals to race, all starters, two of which are winners. A full sister to Cashier's Dream, Agiftfromservice has won 1-of-3 starts this year.
Cashier's Dream was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup though Service Stripe was. That will necessitate payment of a $90,000 supplementary fee for her to go.