Krantz Stable Updates
- Published: October 7, 2007
- Written by Bryan Krantz
"Just wait... time passes. The storms of life have calmed a bit. The landscape may have been drastically changed but the survivors are here and ready to get on with it. After three years of being lashed by one storm after the next we are now looking forward to the rebuilding." - August 15, 2005
...and then the big one hit. In the time right after Katrina I posted several short emails to this list to let everyone know what was happening in the aftermath of the storm. As weeks past into months our family recovery began to take every ounce of energy we could muster. Many tragedies were borne by Katrina. In our lives there has been loss, repair, recovery and revelation since the end of August of 2005. The losses are memories etched in our minds with emotion and finality. The rebuilding and recovery process will take many years. The revelation is God does have a plan. We were confident after the Fair Grounds fire in 1993 of our ability to return to racing and have a great future. The sale of our interest of the business in 2004 came with bitterness but with the benefit of hindsight as we survey the market for racing/slots in New Orleans in 2007 the situation is bleak for Fair Grounds. Now almost three years since the sale of the track and two years since Katrina life is finally beginning to come back into focus.
With the future back in front of us lets talk about horses...
Destiny Calls has been retired after winning 14 races and over $600,000 in earnings. She has been bred to Seeking The Gold. Destiny is back in Louisiana and is now just as mean as a broodmare as she was a racehorse. If all goes well she should produce a foal this spring.
Nowandforevermore has become a three times winner at last Fair Grounds race meeting and third in the Dixie Poker Ace Stakes to finish the meet. We think he has potential to do well this year.
From This Day On got off to a rough start in life. She was the last foal produced by Longue Vue and was orphaned several weeks after birth. He maturity seemed to be slowed and she never seemed comfortable either mentally or physically once her training started last year. This year she seems to be a different horse. She trains with a purpose in her gallops so far. With her family line an eagerness to train could mean a lot.
Ashlee's Mom is a two year old filly half sibling to Blueyed Lass. Blueyed Lass won last years Louisiana Champion's Day Distaff at Fair Grounds after a solid summer campaign at Evangeline Downs and Louisiana Downs. Ashlee's Mom is by Alphabet Soup and is very large in stature. Her dam (mother) Blueyed Gal is massive. She has galloped well and is just starting to work at Louisiana Downs under the supervision of Al Stall Jr and his assistant Pam Fitzgerald.
Marie's Plan is a two year old filly who was purchased last year. She is out of a half sister to Destiny Calls and You'beinmyheart who was sold when she did not make it as a race horse. She looks typical of the family and has all the familiar mannerisms too. Marie's Plan is at the same stage of development as Ashlee's Mom.