02/25/2010 12:00AM

I've Got the Fever eyeing Gotham


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - It was a good week for trainer John Terranova's stable, which won with five of seven starters and may have found a 3-year-old it could have some fun with this year.

I've Got the Fever, a son of Stephen Got Even, won a one-mile maiden race by 2 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct on Feb. 20, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 90. Though it would mean racing back in two weeks, I've Got the Fever could possibly start in the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes here March 6.

"It's absolutely under consideration, especially since he's come out of the race really well," said Terranova, who won Thursday's seventh race with Rock Hall Honey. "Ideally, two weeks isn't that great."

Terranova, whose wife Tonja has overseen the stable's New York division this winter, said that I've Got the Fever was supposed to run on Feb. 11, but that day's card was canceled due to snow. The race did not come back until last Saturday.

Equipped with blinkers for the first time, I've Got the Fever went gate to wire under Channing Hill on a speed-favoring inner track

"He's been improving steadily every race," John Terranova said. "We added blinkers and it really focused him. It seems like the Stephen Got Evens get better as time goes by."

Though it took him five tries to win a maiden race, I've Got the Fever had been facing some of the better 3-year-olds around, including subsequent stakes winners Rule, Super Saver, and the stakes-placed Aikenite.

Michael Iavarone, president of the IEAH Stables, said earlier this week that he would pay the $6,000 to make I've Got the Fever a late nominee to the Triple Crown series. Iavarone mentioned the Illinois Derby on April 3 as a possible target for the 3-year-old.

Terranova's other top 3-year-old, Citrus Kid, had an undescended testicle removed following his seventh-place finish in the LeComte at Fair Grounds on Jan. 23. Terranova said that issue, plus the fact that the horse appeared to get upset in the paddock prior to the LeComte, may have contributed to the poor performance.

Meanwhile, Terranova's top 3-year-old filly, Negligee, has been breezing regularly at Palm Meadows in south Florida and is likely headed to the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland on April 3. Negligee won the Alcibiades at Keeneland last fall. Terranova said Negligee could possibly run in the Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream on March 6 as a prep.

"I think more than likely we'll go straight to the Ashland; hope to run there and go to the Kentucky Oaks," Terranova said.

Terranova said he will likely point Franny Freud, his multiple-stakes winning New York-bred sprinting filly, to the $150,000 Beaumont on April 7 at Keeneland.

Next Saturday, Terranova is set to run his top-flight sprinter Wall Street Wonder in the Grade 3, $100,000 Toboggan Stakes here. Wall Street Wonder won the Paumonok here Jan. 23.

Giant Moon gets back to work

The five-time stakes winner Giant Moon is back in Richard Schosberg's barn, attempting to make a comeback as a 5-year-old.

Giant Moon, who won the Grade 3 Excelsior last April, worked three furlongs in 36.66 seconds on Monday over Belmont Park's training track. It was his first breeze since he finished last in the Kingston Handicap on turf May 10 at Belmont.

Plagued by foot problems throughout his career, Giant Moon's feet appear to be in good shape now, and he is training in regular shoes, Schosberg said.

"We got a real good work out of him the other day, he has normal shoes on, no crazy new technology going on," Schosberg said.

Schosberg said Giant Moon's foot problems "affected his hind end. His whole back was out of balance."

Schosberg said that Giant Moon was training this winter on a farm in Middleburg, Va., but the heavy amount of snow that hit that area prompted the horse to be shipped to Belmont.

Schosberg said he doesn't have a timetable for Giant Moon's return.

"My goals are all short term - the next breeze," Schosberg said.

Rightly So streaks into Broadway

Rightly So, a winner of five consecutive races, is scheduled to make her 4-year-old debut in Sunday's $65,000 Broadway Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.

After finishing second in her debut, Rightly So won two races over the inner track during the winter before coming back off a layoff in the fall to win three straight, including the Iroquois Stakes against older females on New York Showcase Day. Her last race came in the Luv Is Eternal Stakes, a race she won by a length on Nov. 19.

Rightly So is trained by Tony Dutrow. His brother Rick may have the main threat in Buy the Light, who cuts back to her preferred distance after finishing third in the Darlin Momma Stakes at a mile and 70 yards.

Messe Rocks, who has beaten New York-breds three consecutive times and has won four of five overall, What a Pear, Lights off Annie, Not a Peep, Sapphire Sky, and Sorority Sister complete the field.

* Hold That Prospect ($3.10) jumped out to a lengthy early advantage under Jorge Chavez and then held off Ocarson by a half-length in the stretch to win Thursday's $60,000 Mommy Dear Stakes. It was one of three wins on the card for Chavez.

It was the second straight stakes victory for Hold That Prospect, who was coming off a 7 1/2-length victory in the Correction Stakes on Jan. 30. Hold That Prospect, owned by Funky Munky Stable and trained by Gary Gullo, ran six furlongs in 1:12.20.

* The 5-year-old mare Badgette suffered a fatal injury to her right foreleg during the running of Thursday's ninth race and had to euthanized. Badgette was owned by trainer John Toscano Jr. Apprentice rider Joe Mussaro, who was unseated at the eighth pole, was uninjured.