Krantz Stable Updates
- Published: January 23, 2004
- Written by Bryan Krantz
Tuesdays are pretty quiet around the Fair Grounds during the racing season. The race week begins on Thursday and finishes on Monday. All administrative activities are scheduled in parallel with the race week, so Tuesday is the only "dark day" for everyone. The track is open for training from 6 to 10 in the morning, and shortly after the activity of the morning, the quiet settles in.
Vickie parked in front of the roll up door at the front of the barn -- the spot where the horses are led out to have feet and legs toweled off after the hot walkers have finished making laps around the shedrow when the cooling-out routine is finished. The holiday bustle has passed and today there aren't many errands to attend to. She eases the door up and ducks into the quiet of the barn. Most of the stall doors are darkened but several have heads and necks of the occupants visible, hanging low over the webbings, securing the front openings of the stalls.
Four stalls down the row a chestnut neck and head marked by a long white stripe droops beside a feed tub hung in front of the stall. The feed in the tub is half eaten. The horse looks up at his owner and begins a long yawn. He briefly stirs the uneaten feed with his nose and then looks to the feminine presence for a rub on the snout and neck. A moment is quietly shared in celebration of his spirit, his desire to compete and will to win. His brown leather halter hangs from a nail near the door, saddle soaped clean and brass plate polished, it reflects beyond his eight years to the many equine and human lives he has touched. Coach Rags, by Sky Classic out of Blueyesnlonglegs.
Memories are all we can have of the past. He has provided us all a treasure trove of memories of celebrations. Our children have become near teenagers witnessing his triumphs and tribulations. Vickie's celebration is one of thanksgiving for all the good he has contributed to our lives. Now after eleven wins his time at the track is growing short. This season he has continued to carry our mantra with two trips to the winner's circle. We hope the rest of this season and year is as successful as the rest of Coach Rags' career.
Destiny Calls continues to develop into a star. She has won twice this season at Fair Grounds and has placed in a minor stakes race at Delta Downs. Her last win in allowance company this past week stamped her as a credible stakes contender against older Louisiana bred fillies and mares. The next step for her is a big one. The Louisiana Premier Night Distaff at Delta Downs on February 7 is for $150,000 and should attract the best older Louisiana Bred females available. We think she is doing well enough to deserve a chance with this level of competition. Wouldn't it be nice if she could fill Coach Rags' shoes?