Krantz Stable Updates

On Being Normal…

Well let's see.... We thought a trip to the Big Apple might be a good get away after the trauma of this past year. Austen had commitments at home so he stayed while Ashlee got to go play. While FAO Schwarz closed some time ago, the Toys R' Us in Times Square is a pretty good substitute. The three-storied Ferris Wheel is a focal point of interest but the other toys are pretty neat too. We did manage to find Austen some souvenirs that took a little sting out of not making the trip.

Ashlee KrantzWe had a good dinner in China Town. Ashlee wanted to walk around after to check out the Peking Ducks hanging in the restaurant windows next to the aquariums filled with fish, shrimp and lobsters all waiting to be someone's meal. The next day we had lunch at the Stage Deli before an afternoon performance of Wicked. Everything is big at the Stage Deli. A bowl of Mishmash Soup comes with rice, matzo ball and noodles in chicken broth. It was so big everyone got some. Attempting to eat a chopped liver and corned beef triple decker caused surrender after one half. About that time a piece of cheesecake about the size of a cinder block came to the table but the best any of us could do was a small spoon full to register how good it was. After lunch we waddled to the show.

Wicked is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz. The story makes the case of the Wicked Witch of the West being truly good and misunderstood because of the press painting her that way. Really hit home in a twisted sort of way. The show was great and we enjoyed it immensely.

This past weekend marked the start to our stable's racing season. Destiny Calls started in the Victoria Stakes of the Louisiana Breeders Festival at Louisiana Downs. This was a six furlong event on the main track (dirt) for a $50,000 purse. Our main goal was to get her started in preparation for the meet here at Fair Grounds and Louisiana Champions Day. Gary felt she had trained well enough but might not be ready for a top effort in a demanding sprint. This was the best spot for her return. She fooled us a little by breaking with the group but falling back briefly before lengthening stride to go by the pack before the first sixteenth of a mile had been run. Destiny barreled to the lead and in very controlled fashion, under for the most part a hand ride, finished 3 1/2 lengths the best at the wire. She has now won five in a row and her career earnings exceed $300,000 from 11 starts. With this win I hope she made her case for being named Champion older filly or mare in Louisiana for 2004. Vickie might have to order some pins and stickers for Champions Day!