Krantz Stable Updates

Little Sister Gives A Valentine Present

Things have been a little slow for the stable this year but hope springs eternal in horseracing. Valentine's Day proved to be a charmed day for Destiny Calls. Her training race win came as somewhat of a surprise to us (not that we weren't hoping for good things). Just as You'llbeinmyheart had come to life after a series of pedestrian works, so did Destiny Calls. Jockey Shane Sellers was complimentary after the race, offering an opinion she should have no problem running through her conditions (races restricted to horses who have not won two or three races). She relaxed well on the lead after a good start, Shane let the field of horses come to her at the head of the lane then let out the reins enough for her to begin to draw away. Inside the 1/16th pole as they came to the wire, a late runner started to make up some ground on her, but with one turn of the whip Destiny Calls crossed the wire two lengths in front. It wasn't the gaudy six-length victory of You'llbeinmyheart's first race or the six-length margin of the training race win last week but a professional performance by a filly who has been behind in her training schedule since some setbacks earlier in the summer. The way things have come around for her you have to wonder if she will fit into the Louisiana-bred stakes offerings at the end of the race meeting here.

Destiny CallsThere is a race track saying singling out those who have not won a race at the race meeting as "sitting on the duck." If a trainer doesn't win a race during the running of a race meeting it is not unusual for a live quacking duck to appear in his shedrow near or about the time to ship to the next race meeting. Owners can be razzed about "being on the duck" too. After the season our stable had last year I guess we are a victim of our own success this year. There have been two times since we began to race horses in the 1980s where we had droughts of near 18 months or so without a picture in the winner's circle. Now the pressure is off to get the first win, let's hope we can sniff out a few more before the curtain comes down in March.

Another fun fact after the win today, Longue Vue broke her maiden in her first start, You'llbeinmyheart broke her maiden in her first start and now Destiny Calls has won in her first attempt. So, the mother and her two daughters have been fast starters. The mother is smallish and tends to throw a small but not diminutive foal. The foals tend to grow dramatically in their 3-year-old seasons. Destiny Calls is smaller than You'llbeinmyheart at this point but has grown substantially since the fall. Destiny Calls is our first gray homebred. We had never given consideration to color in our breeding plans. Four years ago Vickie asked when we were going to get a gray horse? As it happened Longue Vue was scheduled to breed to With Approval, a gray, and Vickie added the ladies touch to color coordinating our horses. Just for the record, there is a third filly out of Longue Vue, by Swain, on the farm. She is a very late foal (born in June) and not as blessed in conformation as the first two, but like I said, hope springs eternal in horse racing.