Q-Racing Blog: Learning the Game

Q-Racing Blog: Learning the Game

Sometimes it takes time for a horse to learn how to play the racing game.

Krystal Stone wins a trial to the Harley Greene Derby

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By Ty Wyant


Krystal Stone’s connections must be hoping that the 3-year-old gelding’s 2022 campaign exceeds his abbreviated 2021 campaign. It’s off to a good start: In his first sophomore start, he raced to the fastest qualifying time to the $75,000-added Harley Greene Derby for Indiana-breds at Horseshoe Indianapolis, the blossoming racetrack set to host the Bank of America Challenge Championships this fall.

Making a big leap forward isn’t a high bar for Krystal Stone to surpass. He only made three juvenile starts, all at Horseshoe Indianapolis, although he was a stakes qualifier. Unfortunately, he encountered bad luck in his final out of the year, the $189,500 Gordon Mobley Futurity. As a 46-1 outsider, Krystal Stone hopped, threw his head and lost his rider. 

In his first two career outs, Krystal Stone finished eighth in a maiden race after hopping at the start. He then ran out of the starting gate in his Gordon Mobley Futurity trial at 63-1 odds and vied for the lead before finishing third, beaten by a neck and a nose. But that effort was fast enough to reach the futurity finals. The Gordon Mobley Futurity on July 24 was his final appearance last year.

Krystal Stone reappeared in his Harley Greene Derby trial on May 17, and seems to have matured over the winter. His Harley Greene Derby trial is showing that he is learning his lessons when he broke his maiden with his trial win. In his trial he went off at a relatively short — for him — 30-1 odds and he raced with the grit of a short-priced favorite. He ran down second-fastest qualifier Lexus Beach to take the trial by a scant nose. That’s a huge improvement over his 2-year-old races. He may be understanding his job now.

The gelding is a son of Brimmstone and Bluesy Krystal by Jess Louisiana Blue.

A son of the champion Brimmerton and top runner Quick Moon Sign, Brimmstone won his maiden in his second start when he won his Heritage Place Futurity trial by a neck as the 5-2 favorite and qualified to the Heritage Place Futurity (G1). That was his sole win from six career starts.

He has become a useful sire at Miller Ranch in Indiana, as his starters have average earnings of more than $25,000 each. 

His dam Quick Moon Sign won the Blue Ribbon Futurity (G1), the Remington Park Futurity (G1) and the Blue Ribbon Derby (G3). She was second in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

Krystal Stone was produced out of the unraced Jess Louisiana Blue mare Bluesy Krystal. The second dam of Blusey Krystal was also unraced. Neither mare has produced a stakes winner or a stakes-placed performer.

However, the third dam is the great American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer and champion filly Indigo Illusion. This Beduino (TB) daughter was one of the all-time fastest horses. She set three track records and won major stakes at 2, 3 and 4. As a 2-year-old she won the $853,380 Faberge Special Effort Futurity (which had yet to be graded). As a 3-year-old she won the $504,058 Rainbow Derby (G1) and the next year won the $137,200 Vessels Maturity (G1).

Indigo Illusion earned $867,417 with 17 wins (six stakes) from 30 starts.

Indigo Illusion also thrived as a broodmare. She produced three graded stakes winners and two stakes-placed runners.

Krystal Stone is off to a winning start as a 3-year-old. Now we’ll see if he can continue that form.

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