Krantz Stable Updates

From One Generation to the Next

It's a New Year and time for new things. We have continued to settle firmly into our new world as real estate developers and Thoroughbred racing consultants. Marie saw the Gabriel Development as her project for the next 20 to 30 years. The timetable seems to be a little accelerated from Vickie and my point of view. Lot sales in the 219-lot Gabriel Properties Development are at about 122 as of the end of the 2004. Gabriel had a great year but we feel this coming year will be a big one. We anticipate having at least four "spec" homes for a fixed site in this year's spring "parade of homes." There are about a dozen homes currently under construction now creating a surge of momentum for lot sales this year.

The New Year has brought the next generation of our four-legged equine family to the race track to make their mark. Blueyesnlonglegs produced only two foals but hey were both extraordinary. Coach Rags finished his stellar racing career in 2004. His half-sister (same mom, different sire), Blueyed Gal, won only one race before she was retired. However, she had several positive attributes, giving us high hopes for her as a broodmare. She has impressive physical attractiveness, she is by Unbridled (a major influence on the breed as a stallion), she showed flashes of brilliant talent and she was produced from a good family. For her first mating we selected Coach Rags' sire, Sky Classic, to attempt to recreate the "nick" of Coach Rags pedigree. Her first foal is a 3-year-old of 2005 named Blueyed Lass.

Blueyed Lass has kept a low profile in these reports with all of the other distractions this past year and it's better not to build up expectations unless there is something special to talk about. Not to say Blueyed Lass isn't special, but it has been hard to get a clear picture of her true potential. She looks very much like Coach Rags. She has the same chestnut color and white markings but in place of the distinctive white strip on his snout there is a dainty star on Blueyed Lass' forehead. Her back right leg has an unusual feathering of white from her pastern, making a sock of speckled red and white over her ankle. She has a large frame to match both her mother and father but is a distinctly feminine presence. Her demeanor is very pleasant until she becomes angry. A hot walker jerked hard on her lead shank one morning as she cooled out from her after exercise bath. As fast as the blink of an eye the man was on the ground holding his head where her left front hoof pawed. I guess she is like many other women, you just can't make her do what she doesn't want to or you're going to have a fight with her.

Theron Welch has galloped her right from the first day she arrived at Fair Grounds. Right from the start he became a believer. He noticed her long reaching stride from the beginning. Also, she demonstrated the same lack of ability to "catch hold" of a loose race track that Coach Rags and other turf only runners we have had in the past have shown. Each time she was scheduled for a work the track was loose and so her work times were not very impressive. Her last work from the gate in company was a little hard to get a true gauge of her ability but showed the possibility of talent. The track clocker caught the work as a five-eighths of a mile work in 1:04.0. The better gate works for that morning were 1:01.1 for the distance. However, she really worked 6 furlongs and Gary had her timed in 1:14.3. From where our vantage point was, it was very hard to catch the final pole marker of the work. Even with a generous margin of error, this time for six furlongs for a work out of the gate at Fair Grounds raises your eyebrows. The time was not the element of the work which caught my attention. She worked in company and showed professionalism in setting behind the pacemaker, yet matching strides. With about a sixteenth of a mile left Robby Albarado loosened his grip and shook the reins at her. The acceleration was immediate as she blew by the workmate with little effort. It was hard to gauge how significant this was after finding out the other horse was a Louisiana-bred maiden who had never run in a race before. The good news was we now knew we could beat one like ours, it was the rest we had to worry about.

The racing secretary has not been writing Louisiana-bred maiden races on the turf for the first part of the race meeting but there was a main track race listed for Monday, January 3, 2005. Gary thought this would be a good race to get started since it was a mile race and would give her some route (distance) experience for the hoped for later race on the turf course. The race went and Blueyed Lass drew the No. 5 position. There were two other horses that looked like they should be the logical contenders based on past races they had run. In fact the No. 2, Fabuleux Joy, had been a close second in her first two races and became a 4/5 favorite in this race.

Since Blueyed Lass had shown she could not be forced to do what she didn't want or didn't understand, Gary took extra care to see she was schooled at the gate and in the paddock leading up to her first race. She came into the paddock with her ears up and eyes wide but was well behaved. She got a little excited when the saddle was put on but as she walked in the walking ring before the riders-up call she had settled back down. With an open mind but few expectations we watched the horses go out for the post parade. The public made us second choice (7/2) as the horses entered the gate. She went in well and stood quietly as the other horses loaded. When the gate opened the No. 4 horse veered right and bumped into Blueyed Lass one step out of the gate. Although she broke well the bump left her last of the group as the horses made their way toward the Gentilly turn. She was moving well and seemed comfortable. As the pack cleared the turn she began to pick up horses, moving with ease. Sort of like the other ones were tied to a post. After working her way up to 4th position down the back stretch Robby gave her a short breather at the point of the far turn before setting sail for the lead. She collared the leader at the head of the shortened 1 mile home stretch and was drawing away in fine fashion until the gate and crowd along the rail caught her attention. Blueyed Lass finished the race a 41/2 length winner even after a slight show of first time greenness.

She is the fourth generation of a family that traces to the first horse we ever bought. She won at first asking and gives us hope that she will be even better on the turf. Lets see what the rest of the season brings for her.