On Sunday, Saratoga Springs native Terri Pompay brought her big
horse, Currency Swap, to the Spa, where he delivered another
devastating performance, collaring leader Doctor Chit with a sixteenth
of a mile to go and rolling through the stretch to victory in the Grade
2, $200,000 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, the son of High Cotton finished 1
¾ lengths in front of Doctor Chit, who was a neck ahead of late-moving
Unbridled’s Note. In returning to the scene of his greatest victory –
the Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful last September – Currency Swap
completed the 6 ½-furlong race in a sharp 1:15.33.
“He loves it here,” said a beaming Pompay in the
winner’s circle after Currency Swap ran his Spa record to 3-for-3,
including a maiden victory last year. “He’s been doing really well.”
With Gun Boat, Fort Loudon, Currency Swap and Doctor
Chit in the field of seven, the Amsterdam appeared loaded with speed.
When the gate opened, however, Gun Boat stumbled badly on the inside,
and Doctor Chit set sail from the outside post, opening up a one-length
lead through a torrid quarter-mile in 21.44 seconds and a half in
Maragh, too, quickly got away from the gate on Currency
Swap and gained a tracking position off the rail. When the field
reached the turn, 25-1 shot Laurie’s Rocket moved three wide to the
leaders. Maragh asked Currency Swap for more run, and the big colt
“All of the way, he was giving me a lot of energy and
came on strong,” Maragh said. “I wasn’t concerned with the pace. I just
wanted to have a clean trip and be in striking position, regardless of
how fast they were going. I got a good outside trip on Doctor Chit. I
just stalked and pounced.”
Laurie’s Rocket finished fourth, followed by Fort Loudon, Gun Boat and Politicallycorrect.
The winner, owned by Klaravich Stables, paid $5.60 for a
$2 win bet as the 9-5 favorite. The $120,000 winner’s purse pushed
Currency Swap’s lifetime earnings to $508,300 in seven starts.
Pompay, who wore a bracelet woven with hair cut from
Currency Swap’s tail, said the colt isn’t through with Saratoga yet. She
immediately announced that if all is well he will run in the Grade 1,
$500,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop, a seven-furlong sprint for
3-year-olds, on the Travers undercard August 25.