High Cotton's leading lifetime earner Currency Swap continued to build on his impressive career with a 1 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Amsterdam S. (G2) July 29 at Saratoga. The victory launched High Cotton to the top spot on Florida's second-crop sire list with over $800,000 in progeny earnings.
Currency Swap broke well in the 6 1/2-furlong Amsterdam, going three wide down the backstretch while chasing a hot pace set by Doctor Chit. Still in second by a half-length after six furlongs in a blistering 1:08.65, Currency Swap asserted himself in the final sixteenth of a mile to win going away
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's a real amazing horse. All of the way, he was giving me a lot of energy and came on strong,” winning rider Rajiv Maragh said. “These are good horses, and they're always going to run a fast pace just on their natural ability. 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.”
“He loves it here,” added winning trainer Terri Pompay in the winner’s circle after Currency Swap ran his Saratoga record to 3-for-3, including a maiden victory last year. “He’s been doing really well.”
She immediately announced that if all is well he will run in the Grade 1, $500,000 King’s Bishop, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds, on the Travers undercard August 25.
Three-year-old Currency Swap is now 4-2-0 in seven starts, earning $448,300 for co-owners Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence.