By MICHAEL COMPTON
Florida-bred Currency Swap, winner of last year’s Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, was being pointed to a start in the Swale Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 31, but his trainer, Terri Pompay, believes he might come up just short of that goal.
“I think he’s going to be a work or two short for the Swale,” Pompay said. “It would have been nice to have had more time to get him ready but the time he needed on the farm has done him well.”
By Ocala Stud stallion High Cotton, Currency Swap hasn’t raced since capturing the Hopeful last September in his second career start. A small chip was discovered in his left front ankle while preparing for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was surgically removed. After rehabbing at Nick de Meric’s farm in Ocala, Currency Swap joined his trainer at Gulfstream in mid-January.
“He’s coming along,” she said. “He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing. He’s only had one five-eighths work, and this week he’s going to have a five-eighths with company for the first time,” Pompay said. “It’s just the process of getting him fit. He’s a heavy, muscular horse. It’s not like he’s dragging his feet.”
Pompay is hoping to get an allowance race at Gulfstream for Currency Swap’s first start back before looking for a major Kentucky Derby prep.
“The Derby is a possibility. I’ll need to get two races before then,” she said. “If he doesn’t make it, there’s always the Preakness (G1).”
-Gulfstream Park Publicity contributed to this report.