Del Mar, CA (July 28, 2022) – Kings River Knight, who missed victory in his racing debut going six furlongs over the main track on June 26 by a half-length, switched surface and distance to earn his maiden special weight diploma in the 8th race at Del Mar.
The son of Acclamation drew the outside post in the field of eleven going one mile on the turf.. He did not break particularly well, but his natural speed carried him to the lead going into the first turn. He galloped along through an opening quarter in :23.12 and he continued to rate kindly for jockey Umberto Rispoli through a half in 48.08 and the pair hit six furlongs in 1:12.63. Rispoli asked him to finish and he laid down two eleven and change furlongs to draw away from the field and win by two and one-half lengths. Final time was 1:36.25.
Kings River Knight was bred by Old English Rancho and he was produced by the graded stakes-placed Pleasantly Perfect mare, Pamona Ball. He races for the partnership of The Ellwood Johnston Trust and Ken Tevelde and he is trained by Andy Mathis.