05/01/2002 11:00PM

Cashier's Dream wins La Troienne


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A day after the Team Valor syndicate learned that their Windward Passage was being excluded from the Kentucky Derby due to the late entry of the Bob Baffert-trained Danthebluegrassman, they found a minor consolation.

In Thursday's $112,600 La Troienne Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs, Cashier's Dream, owned by Team Valor and Bill Heiligbrodt, outfinished the Baffert-trained Shameful after a thrilling stretch run.

"We needed something good to happen," said Team Valor president Barry Irwin.

Windward Passage was excluded from the Kentucky Derby because the race is restricted to 20 entrants ranked by graded stakes earnings. Windward Passage was ranked 21st on the list.

Cashier's Dream was making her 3-year-old debut in the La Troienne, following a successful 2-year-old season of two stakes wins, including a victory in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga, and placings in two other stakes.

In the seven-furlong La Troienne, Cashier's Dream was forwardly placed throughout by jockey Donnie Meche. Racing wide, Cashier's Dream engaged Shameful inside the half-mile pole while racing two-wide, took the lead in early stretch and was all out to win by a head, finishing in 1:24.83.

"I had so much horse turning for home, I thought I'd win by 10," Meche told Irwin in the winner's circle. "She's got a heart so big."

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Cashier's Dream ($3.40) has won 5 of 7 starts and $423,042.

Irwin said Cashier's Dream will remain in sprints and be pointed for the Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park and the Test Stakes at Saratoga in July.

"She's a sprinter and there are only a couple of good races for her," he said. "She's all speed. I see her as a six-furlong filly."

* Rain on Thursday morning and early afternoon benefited Repository, the upset winner of the $114,000 Mamzelle Stakes for female sprinters.

Racing over a turf listed as yielding, Repository ($26) caught the front-running Island Echo in the final sixteenth to score her first stakes win.

"The turf was a benefit to us," trainer Tom Amoss said. "I wasn't sure we'd run because we've been dealing with a bad foot for about a month. We had to scratch her out of the stakes at Keeneland because she has a bruise in the sole of her foot. I have to think the turf helped."

Repository was always well-placed by jockey Lonnie Meche. Through the first half of the race, she was in fourth, chasing Island Echo, who led by as much as 1 1-2 lengths through fractions of 22.32 and 45.90 seconds.

Repository rallied four-wide on the turn to reach contention. Racing in the middle of the track, the 4-year-old Repository pulled away to win by 1 1-4 lengths, finishing five furlongs in 58.19 seconds.

Island Echo held second, three-quarters of a length in front of Dyna's Club, a California shipper making her first start since August.

Bedazzle, Elvi Gamble, Penny Marie (the 8-5 favorite), Global Vision and Powder. Fair Apache, Glitter Music, Merry Princess and Spanish Glitter were scratched.

Owned by Mary Bonham, Repository has won 6 of 19 starts and $161,546. The Mamzelle was her third straight win, preceded by victories in allowance races for turf sprinters at Fair Grounds earlier this year.

*McDynamo gave trainer Sanna Nielson her third consecutive win in the $102,141 Hard Scuffle Steeplechase for novice hurdles, but she was unable to see it in person.

A charter plane she and owner Michael Moran intended to take from Pennsylvania to Louisville was cancelled due to afternoon thunderstorms.

McDynamo remained unbeaten after three starts over hurdles with the win in the Grade 1 Hard Scuffle. Ridden by Craig Thornton, McDynamo raced in second for the first mile, took the lead at the sixth of 11 hurdles and was not challenged until the final turn. Najjm, the 6-5 favorite, closed to within a length after the final jump, but was beaten by 2 1-4 lengths. McDynamo ran about 2 1-16 miles in 3:48.

"I thought he moved was a little early, but Craig is a good front-end rider and I thought he wouldn't let him go if he didn't have plenty of horse," Nielson said.

Miles Ahead finished third, followed by Ethical Actions, and Understood.

Sharp Face, Mr. Fater, and Unalienable Right, who set the early pace, were eased.

The Hard Scuffle is the first leg of the Steeplechase Triple Crown that coincides with the Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Nielson said McDynamo may start in the $100,000 Joe Aitcheson Stakes at Pimlico on May 17.

"It depends on how he comes back," Nielson said. "It didn't look like he had a hard grueling race."

* Invisible Ink, the runner-up in the 2001 Kentucky Derby, is bound for the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 15 following his first victory of the year in an allowance race/optional claimer, Thursday's fifth race.

Invisible Ink ($3.60) ran 1 1-16 miles in 1:45.68, ralling three-wide from a stalking position to win by a length over Proper Man. Ridden by John Velazquez, Invisible Ink needed to be urged once he made the lead to stay clear.

"He always does it," Velazquez said. "You think he'll go on and he waits."

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Peachtree Stable, Invisible Ink was making his second start of the year, following a second in an allowance race for sprinters at Gulfstream Park on March 13.