10/01/2008 11:00PM

Krasner is enjoying a career year


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Cindy Krasner is having quite a year.

Going into this weekend, Krasner has won six stakes at the Hastings meet, including the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby with Krazy Koffee. Prior to this year, the most stakes she had won in a single season was four.

Krasner has a good chance of increasing her stakes totals with P. S. Good N Ready, who will be odds-on to win the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity on Saturday.

"This is by far the best year I've ever had," said Krasner. "I had some good years with Artic Son, Second Chance, and Kims Turn to Star. But, winning the derby with Krazy Koffee, and the way the two fillies have been running, it's been that much more rewarding."

One of those fillies is P. S. Good N Ready, who won the B.C. Cup Debutante, and the other is Golden Ratio, who won the fillies division of the CTHS Sales Stakes.

Krasner, 51, basically grew up at the racetrack and she got her trainer's license when she was 16. Her father, William Olson, was a trainer and her mother, Martha, owned horses and assisted at the barn.

"It's been in my blood for as long as I can remember," said Krasner. "Mom tried to get me into other kinds of work, but nothing was very interesting to me. I like being outside and I love working with horses. It was just something that took to me. It's a different way of life but there isn't anything else I would rather be doing."

Prior to Krazy Koffee, the best horse Krasner ever trained was Artic Son. He won 10 stakes, including the Premiers. He also holds the track record for 1 1/8 miles at Hastings.

"One of the thinks I like about training horses is that it is a constant challenge and Artic Son was a real challenge," she said. "He was kind of a funny duck and he was prone to quarter cracks. We were constantly worrying about his feet and bad racetracks."

She had the best week in her career when she won the Ballerina with Kims Turn to Star and the Premiers with Second Chance on successive weekends in 1996. She could equal that feat with wins by P. S. Good N Ready in the Sadie Diamond Futurity on Saturday and Krazy Koffee in the Premiers next Sunday.

Krasner likes the way P. S. Good N Ready is coming into the Futurity, but she isn't counting the money yet.

"She should be favored but I don't think it's going to be a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination," said Krasner. "There are some nice fillies in the field, and she is going to have to show up on game day to get the job done."

After P. S. Good N Ready finished second to What R the Odds in the Lassie Stakes on Aug. 23, Krasner turned her out for about 10 days. She was planning on bringing her up to the Futurity on works alone. When a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race for 2-year-old fillies filled on Sept. 14, she altered her plans. It worked out pretty well as P. S. Good N Ready, with Dave Wilson aboard, scored an easy 5 1/2-length win over Lornamahra.

"It turned out to be a good workout for her," said Krasner. "She ran huge. I didn't expect her to run that big. I hadn't been able to breeze her and I told Davie not to abuse her as we were just using the race as a prep for the Futurity. It couldn't have worked out any better."

Krasner's biggest fan, her husband Sam Krasner, won't be at Hastings to watch the Futurity. Krasner was one of the top jockeys at Hastings for many years. He was inducted into the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1998. After he retired following the 2004 racing season because of a bad back, he tried to help his wife out by galloping and working horses.

"He was enjoying himself but his back didn't hold up," said Krasner. "He hasn't been able to get over the hump of not being able to participate. He still reads the Racing Form every day and he watches all of the races on TV. He loves to golf and he is working at a golf course, where he gets all the free golf he wants. I'm sure someday he'll come back to the track. For now, he's pretty happy, though."

Fedora out with shoulder injury

Apprentice jockey Stephanie Fedora won't be riding this weekend and could possibly miss the rest of the season. Fedora hurt her shoulder when she was banged around at the starting gate by Right Honorable in the eighth race last Sunday.

"She's optimistic about coming back next week," said her agent, Trapper Barroby. "She is having an MRI and we'll know more about it when we get the results."

* Entries are being accepted for a handicapping tournament here on Oct. 19. The first three finishers will receive a full-paid trip to Las Vegas for the Daily Racing Form\NTRA Championship on Jan. 23-24, where the prize money is expected to be $1 million. The entry fee for the Hastings tournament is $150, and if it is fully subscribed the winner will receive $13,500. The field will be limited to 150 contestants.