Krantz Stable Updates
Where Do We Go From Here?
- Published: April 15, 2003
- Written by Bryan Krantz
The season, which started with eager anticipation of promise and potential, has ended with a quiet lack of fulfillment. Most of the stable roster has been dispersed and we are in the transition time of reorganization for the next year. While the year had flashes of success the winner's circle eluded us in all but two attempts this year.
Destiny Calls won her first two and seemed to be on her way to a win in the Sarah Lane's Oates Stakes when she was carried wide as the fillies attempted to cut the corner out of the turn into the stretch drive. This cost her several lengths but she continued on gamely to close the gap to a little over a length at the wire. She was our bright spot for this year and off of her gritty showing in the Sarah Lane's Oates we have sent her to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky for the Appalachian Stakes to be run Friday, April 18. She will be cared for by Neal Pessin while at Keeneland. We won't attend the race due to the Easter Holiday but will watch on television. In all likelihood, she will be sent to Longfield Farm for a break after her race and we hope to point her to some races at Louisiana Downs late this summer.
Coach Rags had a rough winter and has been sent to Folsom for a turnout. He was second in the Louisiana Champions Day Turf, second in the Dixie Poker Ace Handicap and off the board in two other attempts. His lack of prep races took its toll in both stakes races, leaving him too anxious in the beginning stages of the races and without proper foundation for the closing parts of either race. Lack of races for him kept him training continually throughout the season. Without a break from the morning routine of pounding around the track, he opened a crack on his left front hoof. This is not an uncommon injury, but requires special patching and missed days of training (compounding the lack of conditioning from not racing). Even though "Rags" is our elder statesman at 7 years old he still has something left and should be fine after his hoof grows back out.
Magnolia Park seems to have all the talent to be a good horse to go with good looks but doesn't seem to have the heart necessary to become a top competitor. He has gone to Lone Star Park in Dallas for the summer. We will just have to see where he fits in competition over there. The rest have been dispersed to all points of the compass and to new owners. Sort of like equine free agency.
After the great season of two years ago we were due for a letdown, but there is always hope ... the renewal of hope from the foals of Longue Vue (produced a Sky Classic colt) and Blueyed Gal (produced a Victory Gallop filly) is an ever-present rite of spring. Happy Easter to all.