Hometown girl Terri Pompay had an extra special Labor Day this year. The Saratoga native who grew up watching the horses at the Spa received her first Grade 1 Stakes win as a trainer at her hometown track. Her horse Currency Swap overcame a sloppy track and a very determined long-shot to win the Three Chimneys Hopeful by ¾ of a length.
Currency Swap was under the guidance of jockey Rajiv Maragh as he earned his second career win in as many starts. 60-1 long-shot, Trinniberg, gave Currency Swap all he could handle until the young colt finally prevailed at the wire. The 9-5 favorite increased his career earnings to $180,000 and paid $5.80, $3.40, $2.60.
The Hopeful is part of the Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series and the win will earn Currency Swap and Pompay a berth into the Grey Goose Juvenile at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Next on owner Seth Klarman’s list for Currency Swap will likely be the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in early October.