Krantz Stable Updates
- Published: April 29, 2002
- Written by Bryan Krantz
Training went well this morning.The back ankle seems to have responded to treatment and is on the right track. The cough has gone away and there is no indication of an elevated temperature but You'llbeinmyheart is still a little subdued in her attitude. Dallas Stewart (another horse trainer who is a friend) took her over to the paddock with his pony for a schooling session. This will help familiarize her with the area so it won't be a completely foreign experience under race conditions. A Kentucky Oaks Day crowd is pretty overwhelming so this is an important lesson.She perked up when she realized where she was. Gary was encouraged with the change in attitude.
This was entry day for the La Troienne Stakes, to be run on Thursday. We had been led to believe there would be only five or six entered but as is the case with races which are supposed to be "light" with entries there were nine entered.We drew the No. 5 post position and Robby Albarado was named as our rider. The favorite will be Cashier's Dream. She won the Grade I Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga (a major 2-year-old race) this past summer.Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, thinks she will be a top competitor this year. She was one of the top 2-year-old fillies in this country last year. This will be her first race since early October. There seems to be a number of horses in this race who would create a hot early pace and with Cashier's Dream on the outside of the gate in the No. 9 post position it is possible she will get beat. We would have to make a major jump in performance to run well in here but we think we have a better horse than the black and white of the past performances show or we wouldn't be here.
Entries for the Edgewood Stakes are taken on Wednesday for the Friday race. All eyes in our group will be waiting to compare the two fields so we know what late travel changes need to be made or not made. All I can offer is racing is a sport, which tends not to follow a script. We have planned for weeks to get travel and ticket arrangements for Friday's race but if we have to make the change we will just have to figure it out.
A few words about the people who got us here ... The crew under Gary Palmisano's shedrow has been together for years. If horses have a consistent environment they seem to respond in a positive way.These folks are very dedicated and are a family of sorts.Pat Herbert is You'llbeinmyheart's regular groom. She rode with her on the van from Folsom to Churchill Downs. Pat groomed her mother, Longue Vue, and has been grooming for Gary long before our first horse arrived in about 1987. Barry Bazille has groomed the other side of the shedrow and has cared for Esplanade Ridge, Coach Rags (as well as his dam Blueyesnlonglegs) and a number of other nice horses for us. Scotty Smith is a regular hot walker and turf advisor along with Gordon Delaney.Like most families there are good moments and bad but they all pull together as a team when it counts!