As Trinniberg and Currency Swap dueled to the wire in the quagmire that was the 2011 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), I stood in the winner’s circle in a rooting quandary.
Currency Swap was trained by Teresa Pompay, a Saratoga native whose family I had known since I was 13 years old. A win would mean her first grade I race at her home track, an achievement of inestimable significance.
But my 11-year-old nephew, standing on a picnic table in the backyard at the track, had $2 to win on 68-1 Trinniberg, courtesy of a bet placed by his father. Christopher’s method of handicapping dictated that he bet the longest shot on the board in every race, a strategy that had paid off a race earlier when 32-1 Goldzar eked out a neck victory. A win by Trinniberg would go down in the Genaro family history books.
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