By Jon Forbes | 08/06/2011 05:01 PM ET
For trainer Teresa Pompay, Currency Swap made the trek from the Jersey Shore to Monmouth Park worthwhile.
Currency Swap had caught the eye of the clockers while training at Monmouth Park, and Pompay elected to send the unraced son of High Cotton to Saratoga Race Course to make his debut.
“The clockers told me he’s probably the best 2-year-old they’ve seen work down there,” said Pompay. “That gave me a little more confidence.”
And he justified that confidence in Saturday’s third race. Quickest out of the chute in the 6 ½-furlong race, he dropped back to fourth while racing extremely wide up the backstretch, ranged up to contend for the lead on the far turn, quickly put away favored Takes the Gold, and ran clear to a six-length victory. Africanist got up by a head for second over Takes the Gold.
Currency Swap, who paid $21.80 for a $2 wager, negotiated the distance in 1:17.02.
“I was a little surprised he was so close to the lead and broke so sharply, because he really hasn’t been doing that,” said Pompay. “But they change when they come to the race, [with] the whole adrenaline thing.”
Pompay trains Currency Swap for Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, for whom she oversees 10 horses, all at Monmouth Park. She said the colt is likely to return to Saratoga for the Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful on September 5.
Currency Swap is the second winner out of Echo Bluff, a half-sister to Your Bluffing, who captured a pair of route stakes at Laurel Park. High Cotton, Currency Swap’s sire, took the 2006 Grade 3 Northern Dancer at Churchill Downs.
Horses previously featured in the New York Watch series include 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Uncle Mo; Boys At Tosconova, victorious in the Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful; More Than Real, who annexed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; Breeders’ Futurity hero J. B.’s Thunder; To Honor and Serve, who swept the Nashua and Remsen; and multiple graded-stakes winner Winter Memories. Other graded stakes winners on the New York Watch list are Eightyfiveinafifty, Position Limit, Flashpoint, and Royal Delta.