Krantz Stable Updates

Job Well Done!

Coach Rags turned in a professional performance in his win at Louisiana Downs this past Thursday, Sept. 5. It's amazing to see how he responds in certain situations. He shipped well, was settled in his stall after a quick roll and shake, according to Pat Herbert his attending groom. This was a stark contrast to his wired, nervous display back on the Fourth of July. He was calm as he was led over to the paddock and relaxed in the post parade before the race. When the gate opened for the race he dropped his head and galloped along, settling behind the field of horses within the first sixteenth of a mile. I don't think any of us who know Coach Rags well would guarantee a win at that point but we could tell you he was going to put in a top effort. Tim Doocy was riding him for the first time and made all the right moves. The two began to pick up horses down the back stretch and made a powerful move five horses wide around the far turn. As the group turned for home it became a two horse race between Rags and Nelson's Magic. Rags outkicked Nelson's Magic to the wire to win by about three-quarters of a length. Well done! His next start should be the Shiskabob on October 19 at Louisiana Downs.

Coach RagsPat has return duty to Shreveport this week. Ispeakasiplease is entered for Thursday and she will ride with him. The schedule for these trips is a bit of a grueling task. The horse and attendant are picked up at the barn about 3 a.m., and after a five-hour van ride to Louisiana Downs, are off-loaded a little after 8 a.m. the day of the race. After the horse is settled, race preparations begin. When the race is run the horse is bathed, cooled out and fed. When everything is done with the horse the groom gets to relax for the evening. The next morning, after the morning routine is finished, the horse is loaded and heads back home arriving around midday.

After posting the roster for this year I was asked to explain some of the origins of names for our horses. Coach Rags was named for Rags Scheuermann, a legendary college and amateur baseball coach, who was also a legendary horse player at Fair Grounds and Jefferson Downs. We became friends before our family bought Fair Grounds and wanted to honor his memory. You'llbeinmyheart is a tribute to the girls of the Krantz family. Ashlee and Vickie enjoyed the theme of the Tarzan movie and its theme song. Rags has always been the boys' horse (right from the time Austen grabbed him by the nose as a newborn and blew a warm breath on his snout). So we asked Ashlee if she had a suggestion for a newborn filly three years ago and she was dubbed You'llbeinmyheart. Ispeakasiplease was named for another New Orleanian, Hap Glaudi. Hap was a television and radio personality in New Orleans who began all of his editorial commentary by titling it "I Speak As I Please." Junior Delaney was named for an ancient hotwalker Gary Palmisano had who was funnier than any TV sitcom character you ever saw. He was slew footed and walked in slow motion. The equine version is made better but walks around the shedrow or to the track and back at the same pace. The best part is the real Junior Delaney's brother Gordon get to walk Junior most mornings and at times it has been hysterical. Miz Myrtis is named for Vickie's grandmother, who is 87. She had a shin problem last year and Miz Myrtis Ezell is anxious for her namesake to find the winner's circle.