09/22/2011 2:38PM

Monmouth: Pompay sends out two prospects in NATC Futurity


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Terri Pompay trains Currency Swap, who emerged as one of the nation’s leading 2-year-olds following a victory in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes earlier this month.

There is more than one 2-year-old colt in her barn. Pompay sends out two members of her supporting cast – Managed Account and Dangerous Trick – in the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors Futurity on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

The NATC Futurity is restricted to 2-year-olds cataloged to sell this season whose connections paid the 2011 advertising fund fee and made sustaining payments. There are two $150,000 divisions – one open, the other for fillies – both at six furlongs.

Of Pompay’s two NATC runners, Managed Account, a $110,000 Ocala Breeders Sale purchase in April, is the more accomplished.

A drawing-off maiden winner here in mid-August, Managed Account returned to get fourth in the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes on Labor Day weekend in an eventful trip.

“He broke a little to left,” Pompay said. “The hole closed up and when he straightened up, the jockey had to chuck him out of there. He wound up so far behind the field, I thought he would just gallop around there before he rallied to come in fourth, a good fourth. To me, he’s the horse to beat in the race.”

The main competition could come from Hunt Crossing from the Todd Pletcher barn. A sharp winner at Saratoga with an 87 Beyer Speed Figure, Hunt Crossing finished far behind Currency Swap in the Hopeful over a sloppy track.

“He ran bad, but the track was ugly,” Pompay said. “I know a lot of those babies didn’t like the track, including my own, who is a really nice horse. Who knows? We’re supposed to have rain the next couple of days here.”

Dangerous Trick, a maiden after two tries, landed the outside post in the six-horse field.

“The first race, he kind of got burned out,” Pompay said. “I thought he was a better horse than he showed. I ran him back and he ran a much better race. He was second to horse that broke its maiden at Saratoga and he learned something.”

Pompay was shopping for a maiden race for Dangerous Trick but learned the NATC was sitting only five runners when she entered Managed Account. The small field convinced her to give him a shot.

The Pompay duo race as uncoupled betting interests.

In the filly division, My Due Process shortens up and comes off the turf for trainer Dale Romans.

Currency Swap may train up to Cup

Currency Swap may not see action until the Breeders’ Cup. Pompay is leading toward training him up the Juvenile.

“Depending on the weather, we might do a little half mile with him here on Sunday,” Pompay said. “We’ll just get him back in the groove. He’s doing great. Right now, we’re thinking well skip the Champagne and train him into the Breeders Cup. He’s had a couple of tough races. We want to have something left for next year.”