Krantz Stable Updates

Stable Roster Update 1/2/03

Here we are at the new year and things have been moving pretty slow since Thanksgiving Day. There has been a little action; some of our charges look like they are right on schedule, some not so on schedule and some have been deleted from the list. Let's check in...

CocoThe newest member of the "stable," Coco, our 12-week-old chocolate labCoach Rags – All the rainouts finally caught up to him in the Champions Day Turf. After Mr. Sulu set a suicidal pace Rags closed well and moved a half a length in front of the pace setter at the wire but didn't have enough to hold off One Brick Shy, who won the race by a long neck. Any prep race surely would have made him a neck bettor. He is set up for a good race now; we just have to find one.

Magnolia Park – His first race back since March and he was beaten a half-length to finish fourth. He was overeager and it took its toll on him. He did finish with courage and I think he will improve dramatically as he learns his job. He too is set up for a bettor effort next time.

Ispeakasiplease – Has run once on the grass but was overmatched on the soft turf against strong competition. Look for him back in against his own kind when the race shows up in the condition book or overnight. Something at a mile for a mid-level claiming price.

Miz Myrtis – She is doing well. Her first race was one of those pull your hair out experiences. She was not set well in the gate (she decided to lean against the side wall of the stall in the starting gate) and when the horses broke she came out sideways. She spotted the field five lengths and never was a factor. We just have to try again.

You'llbeinmyheart – She was getting pretty close to a race and a nasty sinus infection set in. The veterinarian drilled a small hole in her head to flush her sinus with antibiotics and she is still recovering. Another setback.

Miss New Orleans – Finally got to go through a schooling race this past Monday. She continues to struggle to understand what is expected at the starting gate. She hasn't been bad or silly; she just can't quite figure out how to leave on time. She might just be too polite. She has not been approved by the starter but won't have to participate in another schooling race. She continues to show potential as a runner.

Destiny Calls – Making progress. Going to the gate now and learning her lessons. Seems to be going through a growing spurt. Look for her in a schooling race before the end of January. Remember, she got a late start.

Deletions:
Junior Delaney – Was claimed in his first race and we wish him well. He finished a decent fourth and found a new home.

Buddy D – His fortunes flagged like the Saints in the later part of this season and we found a home for him with cousin Riley Hebert in Henderson, La. (suburban Breaux Bridge ... close to Lafayette, for those who are geographically challenged). I hope it wasn't the curse of the name.

Voodoo Princess – You know about.

The season is a mixed bag so far, but there are some glimmers of light on the near horizon (I hope). At the least, things will start to heat up soon.