06/15/2012 4:08PM

Monmouth Park notes: Currency Swap pointing to Saratoga

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Currency Swap, with Rajiv Maragh riding, wins the You and I at Belmont Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Terri Pompay is proud of the effort by Currency Swap in his runner-up finish to Trinniberg in the Woody Stephens Stakes last weekend at Belmont Park.

“He ran terrific,” Pompay said. “He ran a 102 Beyer, which is his lifetime best.”

There was no catching Trinniberg that afternoon, although Currency Swap and jockey Rajiv Maragh made it a contest. They pressed the leader throughout and were beaten only 1 3/4 lengths in the seven-furlong stakes.

“Nobody went, so Rajiv had to go and do the dirty work,” Pompay said. “Trinniberg is a really nice horse. Maybe in a different scenario if someone else went with him we could have relaxed. My horse really doesn’t want to run that way. But I was real proud of him.”

Looking down the road, Pompay is pointing Currency Swap toward the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 25. The interim race would be Saratoga’s Amsterdam on July 29.

“Obviously we’re going to run into Trinniberg again,” Pompay said. “I don’t know if would be in both spots. We’ll definitely catch him in one, and that’s fine.”

One edge for Currency Swap in any rematch is that he already owns a Grade 1 victory at Saratoga over Trinniberg in the Hopeful last September.

For a locally based 3-year-old, the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at 1 1/8 miles on July 29 is always a temptation. So far, Pompay is resisting.

“I don’t think so, at this point,” Pompay said. “It’s not that we wouldn’t want to stretch him out down the road, but right now he is one of the best 3-year-old sprinters around. Why not try to bank some money and get his confidence really good?

German shipper coming for Boiling Springs

The Grade 3, $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf on June 23 is shaping up as a competitive event with an international twist.

Stakes coordinator Dan Dufford expects Destiny’s Child to arrive from Germany. A winner of one race in six tries, she will represent Team Valor International and trainer Graham Motion.

Dufford also lists Dancing Solo, Glamour N Glory, and Senator Beck, the first three finishers in the Little Silver, as likely runners.

The third-place finish by Senator Beck was her second straight quality effort since shipping up from Florida for trainer Tim Hills.

The New Jersey bred daughter of Artie Schiller debuted last fall in the mud and was outrun throughout. Next time out she posted the maiden win at Gulfstream in her grass debut.

“She’s a dramatically different horse on the turf, which is typical of the Artie Schillers,” Hills said.

Senator Beck was no factor in the next two starts, both in Florida, due to an infection in her neck.

“It was an ingrown hair and we thought there was something wrong with her neurologically,” Hills said. “It was a deep, deep abscess in her neck that finally burst. She came out of it and she’s been fine ever since. It was a weird deal.”

Back in New Jersey, Senator Beck scored a win at the Meadowlands before charging home to get third in the Little Silver.

Senator Beck is named for Jennifer Beck, a pro-racing member of the New Jersey legislature representing Monmouth County.