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Two Year Old Spotlight- East Coast: Common Currency

June 12, 2009 · By · Share

This summer we will spotlight the members of the West Point Thoroughbreds Class of 2009. In an effort to provide fans and visitors more information on the newest horses from the various parts of the country, we developed these closer looks. Our first East Coast spotlight feature is:

Common Currency

This handsome son of Exchange Rate joined Kiaran McLaughlin's stable at Belmont Park in the last ten days of May.  Kiaran was anxious to get him into his program after seeing him this spring in Florida.

David McKathan had him in training in Ocala, and Common Currency had already put in several quarter-mile breezes.  David said this colt did everything right while he was with him.  We expect him to begin breezing three furlongs in short order.  He's a good-looking, strong colt with good muscle mass.  He has developed quite nicely over the last couple of months.

Common Currency has a few other positives on his resume.  He is a New York-bred.  This means we can take advantage of all the lucrative state-bred races.  We have the best New York-bred three-year-old in Mr. Fantasy, so we're looking for his successor.  We think Common Currency can be that horse.

If you've dreamt about owning a horse to run at the most prestigious summer meet in the country, Saratoga, then Common Currency is a good fit for you.  This colt is expected to debut at Saratoga, and his pedigree says he's a win-early type of horse.  His sire, Exchange Rate was the co-leading sire of two-year-old stakes winners in 2008.


Video of Common Currency


What people are saying about Common Currency

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin:

"I've been looking forward to getting this guy in my barn for a long time now.  He really impressed me when I saw him down in Florida.  I remember Terry talking about him last summer.  Terry knows good horses.  I'd love to have another Mr. Fantasy with this colt."

WPT President Terry Finley:

"Common Currency really came into his own over the winter and spring.  We bought him up at Saratoga as a yearling.  He was one of the sales toppers.  When you buy a horse as a yearling you have to project what they'll look like as a two-year-old.  Common Currency had the potential then.  Now that potential has become real promise."

To learn more about Common Currency, click here.

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