Saratoga Race Report: Safe at Home (Cont.)

Continued from part 1


After losing their brilliant 3-year-old filly Golden Ballet to an injury this past May, Team Valor Stable and William Heiligbrodt began searching for another exciting filly to take her place. A month later, they purchased the undefeated 2-year-old Cashier's Dream. After two stakes victories and a second in three starts for her new owners, it looks as if the daughter of Service Stripe is determined to make Team Valor and Heiligbrodt forget Golden Ballet.

Cashier's Dream's latest victory came in the grade I Spinaway Stakes on Aug. 31, in which she turned back a challenge from Fashion Stakes winner Smok'n Frolic at the top of the stretch before drawing away with ease to a six-length victory. This was a huge comeback race after a tough defeat at the hands of the Bobby Frankel-trained You in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) only 18 days earlier.

"I get very nervous every time I run her because she's special," trainer Steve Asmussen said. "I'm proud of how she acted today coming off her defeat. This should definitely get the memories of that loss out of her head. It's nice to know this is a filly who can dig down deep. She's king of the world today in her own mind and that's important to us."

Sent off at 3-10 in the seven-horse field, Cashier's Dream burst to the lead under Donnie Meche and rattled off testing fractions of :21.89 and :44.96. That killed off the two fillies chasing her, Al Max Diner and Win's Fair Lady. Just then, Smok'n Frolic came charging up on the outside and looked as if she was going to make a fight out of it. But Meche had a ton of horse under him, and under virtually no urging, Cashier's Dream kicked into another gear and was gone. She covered the seven furlongs in a solid 1:23.47. Smok'n Frolic ran on well to finish five lengths ahead of Magic Storm.

"This is one of the biggest wins of my career," Meche said. "She showed what she's about, coming back on such short rest. She's a little filly, but she's all heart."

Cashier's Dream had broken her maiden for a $50,000 claiming tag at odds of 43-1 before winning an allowance race by three lengths in the mud at Churchill Downs at 17-1. After being purchased following that race, she captured Churchill's Debutante Stakes (gr. III) by 3 1/2 lengths.


They should start calling New Farm horses and their trainer Benny and the Jets. Like an assembly line of sports cars, Eb Novak's New Farm and trainer Ben Perkins Jr. just keep cranking out one speedster after another.

The elder statesman of their bullet brigade is Delaware Township, a 5-year-old son of Notebook who captured the Forego Handicap (gr. I) on Sept. 1, about five minutes before New Farm's Forest Heiress ran off with the grade III Sorority Stakes at Monmouth.

Ridden beautifully by Jerry Bailey, Delaware Township came around horses unimpeded after getting pinched back at the start and stormed to a 1 1/4-length victory in a sharp 1:15.53 for the 6 1/2 furlongs. While the winner had clear sailing, runner-up Left Bank and third-place finisher Alannan were caught in heavy traffic through the stretch and had to do some fancy footwook to fight their way through.