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First-season sires dominate the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes

CURRENCY SWAP dug deep to take the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (G1) and win on his stakes race debut.

The bay colt, who is from the first crop of graded stakes winner High Cotton, won by three-quarters of a length and gave trainer Terri Pompay her first career Grade 1 win.

Colts by first-season sires filled the first two spots - runner-up Trinniberg is by new sire Teuflesberg, who stands at Journeyman Stud, while both the third and fourth, Big Blue Nation and Laurie's Rocket, are by Winstar Farm's second-season sire Bluegrass Cat.

Agent Nick de Meric bought Currency Swap for $70,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale from Four Star Sales, agent. He is the first stakes winner for 2006 Northern Dancer Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G3) and Rushaway Stakes winner High Cotton, a son of Dixie Union who stood the 2011 season for $2,500 at Ocala Stud Farm.

Bred in Florida by Stonecliff Farm, Currency Swap is out of the Pine Bluff mare Echo Bluff, a sister to the multiple stakes winner Your Bluffing.

The victory gave Currency Swap an automatic "Win and You're In" spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).




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