07/04/2001 11:00PM

'Dream' risks unbeaten record


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Saratoga bettors are hereby forewarned. A pair of meet-ending races that typically produce contenders in both divisions of Saratoga's highly contentious series for 2-year-olds will be run closing weekend at Churchill Downs.

The Bashford Manor Stakes, a Grade 2 race for colts and geldings, occupies its customary position as the closing-day feature on Sunday. The filly counterpart to the Bashford Manor, the $100,000 Debutante Stakes, will be run Saturday with a field of eight 2-year-old fillies.

Favoritism in the Debutante seems likely to go to Cashier's Dream, a Michigan-bred by Service Stripe recently purchased by a partnership headed by Team Valor, or Colonial Glitter, a sharp maiden winner four weeks ago. Several other fillies also appear to be worthy challengers in the 101st running of the 5 1/2-furlong Debutante.

Cashier's Dream, formerly owned and trained by her breeder, James Jackson, was sold following a surprise victory in a June 20 allowance, which lifted her career record to 2 for 2. Donnie Meche will ride Cashier's Dream for new trainer Steve Asmussen.

Colonial Glitter, a Glitterman filly trained by Paul J. McGee, was odds-on in winning a June 10 maiden race in her second start, which followed a third-place finish in a key maiden race May 20. Colonial Glitter is owned by Third Turn Stables, a partnership headed by former NFL all-pro offensive lineman Will Wolford, a Louisville native who viewed the Kentucky Derby in his teenage years from the notoriously rowdy third turn of the infield.

Other contenders are Twin Sails, a recent arrival from Delaware Park for D. Wayne Lukas; Yes Honey, a game maiden winner in her only start; and Lakeside Cup, the beaten favorite in the June 20 allowance won by Cashier's Dream.

Rounding out the Debutante field are War Dress, Gone Bye Bye, and Joanies Bella.

The Debutante is carded as the ninth of 11 races on a Saturday card that begins at 12:40 p.m.

The two allowances on the undercard are intriguing. Catamaran, a late-developing 3-year-old trained by Elliott Walden, should be a strong favorite in the seventh, and Casual Feat, upset winner of the Regret Stakes last month, wheels back in an allowance race in the 10th.

* The $125,000 Bashford Manor at six furlongs is expected to attract the following: Binyamin, Blue Burner, Mannymissedagain, Still Be Smokin', and Storm Passage. The Bashford Manor closes the 53-day meet, after which action on the Kentucky circuit shifts to Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky.