Krantz Stable Updates

Stable Roster Update

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching. While the Saints are at mid-season and have gotten off to a division-leading start we are just coming to the end of our off-season training. With three weeks to go there are still lots of questions to be answered. There are several bright spots and some blanks to be filled in. Here is the rundown:

Fair Grounds before dawnCoach Rags – Still the stable star. Most consistent performer we have owned and bred. He is a third generation of our breeding program. His grandmother was the first horse we ever owned. His mother was our first stake winner. He won an allowance race in Dallas this May beating the best open company (non Louisiana-bred) turf stakes performers in our region. He won an allowance race in September at Louisiana Downs, beating the best Louisiana-bred turf runners in training. He was scheduled to run in the Shiskabob Stakes at Louisiana Downs in October, but the race was rained off the turf for the second year in a row (he is a bit of a rain maker). He is pointed to the Louisiana Champions Day Turf and may start once before then at a track to be named. 'Rags' is training well and he is a great personality to have around.

You'llbeinmyheart – Questions and blanks still abound here. She has had some setbacks which have delayed her training. She has just now started to gallop and is a long way from a race. She shows the class of a stakes winner on the track and the looks of a runway model. We hope to have her back in early 2003. She is by Broad Brush, one of the top sires in North America this year, and out of a mare we hope to be a cornerstone to our racing future.

Ispeakasiplease – Five-year-old gelding, has taken time to settle into a useful horse in claiming ranks. Should see his best in middle distance (7 furlong to 1 mile) races. He has run twice at Louisiana Downs (September and October) and looks to be on schedule for this season.

Junior Delaney – Three-year-old gelding came to form on the last day of Fair Grounds' season with a win in a maiden claiming race. Has matured over the summer and should be competitive in the non-winners of two and three conditioned races. He will flash some speed in sprint races like most sons of Zuppardo's Prince. He had a freak accident the first day of training at Fair Grounds when a pack of dogs ran from the infield in the darkness attacking him. Fortunately the dogs didn't make contact but his wheeling and bucking to protect him self caused a little down time from training. He is on go for a race as of right now.

Magnolia Park – Three-year-old gelding, he became a winner by default after the Fair Grounds season. After finishing second in a race in March the winner was disqualified for use of a banned medication and Magnolia Park was "kissed in" as the winner. He is another grass performer and has room to mature into improvement. His works indicate he is back to the level of potential he had shown last year before throwing his rider after a morning gallop and running off the track into the parking lot. As he got to full speed he attempted to turn and his feet slid out from under his body. He went down hard and skinned a major raspberry on his hind quarters. Even though he recovered physically he never returned to the mental sharpness he had shown up to that incident. There seems to be good opportunity ahead for him. He is by El Prado, the current leading sire in North America. He was purchased at the Fair Grounds two year old in training sale two years ago from his breeder, Mrs. Jayne Byrne.

Destiny Calls – Two-year-old filly, has been galloping well and toning up. Her attitude has become much more aggressive. She is likely to bite you if you turn your back on her. She should begin her first works in the next few weeks. She has big shoes to fill as she is You'llbeinmyheart's little sister.

Miss New Orleans – Two-year-old filly, a massive specimen. One of the biggest 2-year- olds we have owned. Seems to have loads of promise. Does it all the right way and easy. Looks to have speed and stamina from her works. She is so big we have to give her time to mature but she has been fun to watch. She should be on schedule for a schooling race on November 16th, if all goes well. The only outside purchase of our 2-year-olds for this year. All others are from our mares.

Buddy D – Two-year-old gelding, another big body. He is pretty flighty and got a late start due to timing issues. His gallops have progressed and he is ready for some slow works. Not impressive in his gallops but sometimes works can change your impression. Hope his name isn't a curse.

Voodoo Princess – Two-year-old filly, as small as the other two are big. Seems to have the heart of a lion! She is owned in partnership with Redneck Racing Stable (three friends from north of the Bunkie line). She ran at Keeneland in April and had a stall injury when she returned. She has returned from minor surgery and is back to the top of her game. If Destiny Calls will bite you walking away, this one will bite, kick, and paw to show how evil she is. The pocket-sized terror will be ready for opening day.

Miz Myrtis – Three-year-old filly, coming off injured reserve. She had shin problems requiring some time off. She has been trying to break the watch in her works. She has a tendency to try too hard in her works if you let her. She will be ready for a schooling race on November 16th too. Miz Myrtis, Voodoo Princess and Ispeakasiplease are all siblings. All three are smallish but with a competitive streak.