09/01/2010 12:08PM

Krazy Koffee's time as a racehorse is over


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Following Krazy Koffee’s last-place finish in the B.C. Cup Classic on Aug. 2 his connections have decided to retire him. There will be a ceremony held in his honor prior to the Richmond Derby Trial at Hastings on Monday.

“He’s developed an issue we just can’t do too much about so instead of cheapening him up we’ll let him retire with a little dignity,” said trainer Cindy Krasner.

The 5-year-old Krazy Koffee goes home with $484,908 in the bank. A big chunk of that money was earned in the Grade 3, British Columbia Derby in 2008, the same season in which Krazy Koffee was named the local horse of the year. He won four stakes and was nosed out by Rosberg in the Grade 3 Premiers. Krazy Koffee isn’t the best horse Krasner has trained, Artic Son has that distinction, but he gave Krasner her biggest moment in racing.

“I’ve had three big thrills in my career,” said Krasner. “Winning the Ballerina with Kim’s Turn to Star, the Premiers with Artic Son, and the derby with Krazy Koffee. The derby is the race everyone wants to win here so it has to rank as the biggest thrill of all.”

Krazy Koffee, who is owned by his breeder Butch Goertzen, was just an average 2-year-old, winning a maiden special weight race in his third start. He blossomed as a 3-year-old, winning his first start at 15-1 in an optional $50,000 claiming race. After finishing fourth in the Jim Coleman Province, he reeled off five straight wins. As a 4-year-old, Krazy Koffee only won a single stakes in the B.C. Cup Classic and never really threatened in any of his races this year.

“It is sad to see a horse of his caliber leave but he is going to a good home and he will be well taken care of,” said Krasner.

Krazy Koffee still has plenty of life in him and he will be starting a new career as a dressage horse. It is possible he could end up in the Olympics. He is going to be trained by Leslie Reid, who was the first Canadian competitor at the 2008 Dressage Competition in Beijing with Orion, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

Wando Woman awaits B.C. Oaks

While Krasner has fond memories of Krazy Koffee, she is looking forward to the future of Wando Woman. In her last start, Wando Woman came from off the pace to win the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes on Aug. 25. Krasner is passing on Monday’s Hong Kong Jockey Club and will be training Wando Woman up to the $75,000 B.C. Oaks on Sept. 25.

“We sent her to the farm for a little bit of a break, which is normal for her after she runs,” said Krasner.

Wando Woman has only started five times and has improved dramatically since stretching out to 1 1/16 miles. After winning a maiden special weight race July 4, she came right back to finish a close second behind Dearest Princess in the B.C. Cup Dogwood. She followed that up with a convincing win in the Sales Stakes. Krasner likes to give her time between races.

“She’s a sound horse but she is a bit fragile upstairs,” said Krasner. “Thank God that is mostly around the barn. She’s a chronic stall walker and she is a bit of a challenge in more than one way. Fortunately, she shows up on race day and does pretty much everything right. I like to give her time between races because I’m not sure how she would handle too much activity. Hopefully, she’ll mature as she gets older.”

VanOverschot takes two shots in derby trial

There are three stakes scheduled for Monday and the most important one is the $50,000 Richmond Derby Trial that will serve as the final prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 26.

It is put up or shut up time for a lot of the 15 horses nominated to the race. Trainer Rob VanOverschot has two horses, Don’twaitforme and Texas Buccaneer, who need a good effort to continue on the derby trail.

Don’twaitforme is coming off a second-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay. It was his first try going at a middle distance so there is a good chance he will improve in the Richmond Derby Trial. After trailing the field by 20 lengths early, Texas Buccaneer didn’t make much of impact in the same race. VanOverschot isn’t counting him out, yet.

“He made up a lot of ground but he just got too far behind,” said VanOverschot. “Don’twaitforme had a really good work last Monday so he should be ready for another good effort.”

Don’twaitforme worked a mile in 1:41.80 with exercise rider Sean Evans aboard. He went the first three-eighths in 34.60 seconds before tiring late.

“He was pretty sharp and he kind of got away with Sean,” said VanOverschot. “I like them both and it just depends how race shapes up. A fast pace will certainly favor Texas Buccaneer and Don’twaitforme isn’t going to be too far off of the lead.”