Krantz Stable Updates

Changing Channels

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.

Destin has a different feel this year.  The beach town has been buffeted by storms too.  The beach has been worn away.  As always, the continued development barely slows for the furry of a hurricane.  The crystal white sands will soon be returned to the stately demeanor of the past.  For now, we will enjoy it, as it exists.  Sort of like our own situation.

Blueyed Lass

Our new endeavors have given us some reason for optimism in the year ahead.  The Gabriel Development has had a banner year.  It has achieved the 60% threshold of lot sales.  The city of Kenner has approved zoning for the proposed marina and consolidated the zoning for the additional acreage bordering the original development.  This will allow for the second phase of the developmental plan to move forward.  Marie’s dream continues to be fulfilled and the legacy for Kenner from this project should be profound.

The major new project for us this year will be development of a new restaurant near our home in north Kenner.  Calas Bistro should open in October if construction on the 2,000 square feet of strip mall space is complete in time.  Plans are being wrapped up and construction is under way as this is written.  Staff is being finalized and menu testing under way.  Calas concept is to combine retail wine off the rack with a fine dining experience.  A concept we have seen in other cities but not in the New Orleans area.  Chef Frank Brigtsen is helping develop the menu and Tim McNally is helping develop the wine list.  Both are highly thought of in their fields.  Calas is named for an old New Orleans traditional rice fritter.  Street vendors in the city sold these many years ago.  Frank helped develop the name and as you might expect Calas will be featured on the menu as well.  We hope wine and gourmet to go catches on.  Calas Bistro is to be located at the intersection of West Esplanade and Chateau Boulevard in Kenner.

Blueyed LassHorse racing is still a big part of our lives.  Just as the kids are getting ready for a new school year, the horses are back from vacation and are starting to get ready for their year.  Destiny Calls is the reigning champion older Louisiana-bred mare and she has resumed her training like a champion.  Blueyed Lass has been given time to mature both mentally and physically.  If she can fulfill the potential she flashed last year she could have a great future.  The 2-year-olds for this year are Nowandforevermore and Changing Channels.

Nowandforevermore is a colt by Sky Classic out of Longue Vue.  He is a half brother to You’llbeinmyheart and Destiny Calls (their little brother).  There is one more sibling from this mare but the yearling filly has not been named yet.  Sky Classic has been a sire of several of our homebreds (from matings selected for our mares) like Coach Rags and Blueyed Lass.  All indications so far indicate Nowandforevermore is a horse to keep and eye on.  He is just starting in the process but has impressed his handlers up to now with his intelligence and attitude.

Changing Channels was a yearling purchase.  He is by Placid Fund.  Physically he is a nice horse and mentally he is full of himself.  He should be fun to watch learn his lessons.

The group should remain at the Folsom Training Center until mid-October and then if all goes well move to Fair Grounds to prepare for the racing season.

Left: Blueyed Lass comes to the paddock last spring.