King Kranz surges to victory in $100,000 Gold Fever S.

Friday, May 6, 2016
King Kranz surges to victory in $100,000 Gold Fever S.
King Kranz rallied in the stretch over a sloppy Belmont Park track on May 6 to take the $100,000 Gold Fever S. for 3-year-olds to give the Zayat Stables colt his second career stakes victory.

Trailing near the back of the compact six-horse field for the first half-mile, King Kranz was moved off the rail by Kendrick Carmouche in search of clear running. Still with no opening with a little more than a furlong to run, Carmouche, went back inside, splitting horses to power to the front, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:11.45 over the off going.

"He likes the mud," said Tonja Terranova, wife and assistant to trainer John Terranova. "Kendrick just let him settle a little bit - he didn't show the speed he showed at Aqueduct. He said at the eighth pole he knew he was going to win; the horse kind of pinned his ears and went on. He's a very, very resilient horse. He thrives on running and training. He's done nothing but grow and mature and put on weight. He's the picture of health. He's being pointed to the Woody Stephens (Grade 2, $500,000, June 11)." 

The son of Munnings has found a home at the sprint distances, finishing out of the money only once in nine one-turn starts, including a win in the Lost In the Fog S. on New Year's Day and a second in the Bay Shore (G3) at Aqueduct last month. His overall record is now 2-3-3 in 10 outings, with earnings of $284,490.