Krantz Stable Updates
- Published: June 27, 2003
- Written by Bryan Krantz
Things have been really quiet for the stable this summer but very busy for the family. Destiny Calls is back from her summer vacation at Longfield Farm and at Neil Pessin's barn at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. She is galloping each morning and will stay with Neil until we can decide when Gary can resume training at the Folsom Training Center on the northshore. Coach Rags is with Teddy Ardnt at the training center now. The crack on his right front foot is growing out but still requires a patch. He seemed to do well with his turnout and should be ready to resume regular training with Destiny Calls. We have three 2-year-olds for this year. All are unnamed at this point but we will work on proper names shortly. Two of the youngsters were purchased at the October Louisiana Breeders sale in Shreveport last year and have been introduced to their lessons and turned out. They stated galloping this past week at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom and will join the older horses when Gary is ready.
The third 2-year old is by Swain out of Longue Vue. She was a late May foal and is not very well conformed. Swain was a rugged racehorse who competed with the top Thoroughbreds in the world in Europe and the United States being named a champion in England on turf two years hand running. He was all out in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 1998, beaten narrowly by Awesome Again and Silver Charm after being placed on the far outside of the track by Frankie Dettori in a much criticized ride. Unfortunately Longue Vue got in foal late in the year and produced a late May foal (remember all Thoroughbreds turn a year older on January 1). From the knees up, this filly is striking; from the knees down, she has the same defects her mother does. If she shows the desire to win of her mother and two siblings (You'llbeinmyheart and Destiny Calls), she will still be a good addition to our equine family. All that said, we will wait for the end of the summer to start her back so she can grow up a little.
Gary is recuperating from prostate surgery and we hope he can resume his duties by mid-July in time to get our charges ready for the fall meeting here at Fair Grounds. If all goes well, he will gather our four and any others at the Folsom Training Center and there will be more to report later in the summer.
The kids are enjoying the summer. We have been nearly overwhelmed by the addition of responsibility for the Gabriel development after Marie's death. The good news is we have made quick positive steps and momentum is beginning to build in the form of lot sales at Gabriel. We have made strides in putting together a marina project concept we feel can be submitted as early as September for PUD approval for zoning in Kenner and are making progress on a plan for the additional 10 or so acres to be submitted at the same time. Look for big news in the late summer for collaborative ventures with developers in Gabriel and the marina project. The Fair Grounds is keeping us just as busy. The Louisiana legislature passed into law our amendment enabling Fair Grounds to be part of the slot machine legislation passed some years ago for the other racetracks in Louisiana. We must now have the issue voted on favorably by the people of New Orleans in order to authorize the activity. In addition, if the referendum passes, Fair Grounds must be licensed by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board before the machines could become active. While organizing the election, we will begin to approach a master plan to determine what the best way to bring slots to the physical plant here at the track. These things along with a number of other business issues have kept us from enjoying the summer as we would like to have.
Hope your summer is going well! We hope to have more updates later this summer ...