10/15/2011 10:29AM

Breeders' Cup: Currency Swap out with an ankle chip

Barbara D. Livingston
Hopeful winner Currency Swap will miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Currency Swap, the unbeaten winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful last month at Saratoga, is out of the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile because of an ankle injury, according to trainer Terri Pompay.

Pompay, based at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, said Currency Swap has a tiny ankle chip and will undergo surgery with Dr. John Madison soon in Ocala, Fla., then get about 60 days of down time before being pointed to the major Florida preps for the 138th Kentucky Derby. The colt is owned by Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence.

Pompay said the injury is so minor that proceeding to the Breeders’ Cup was “a possibility, but we decided this was the best thing to do,” she said. “It was an agonizing decision.”

Currency Swap, by High Cotton, won his Aug. 6 career debut by six lengths at Saratoga earning a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. He went on to win the Grade 1 Hopeful in his next start.