Remembering Crystal Water

This weekend the Crystal Water Handicap will be run at Santa Anita, honoring the great horse who was twice California Horse of the Year and also a prolific and successful sire of good racehorses.

Today we salute our retirees Lennyfromalibu, who won the Crystal Water Handicap in 2004,

and Running Free, who ran third in 2005.

But Tranquility Farm's connection to Crystal Water goes deeper, as several of his last daughters were donated to us for safekeeping a few years ago.One of these was Love the Water, who found sanctuary here to have her last foal in 2007. Love the Water showed all the class you would expect from the daughter of a champion, and the filly she produced was one of the finest and most sensible horses ever raised here at Tranquility Farm.

As Thoroughbred pedigrees go in and out of fashion yesterday's champions are often swept into the dust bin of history and forgotten in a generation. Not so with Crystal Water, and it is wonderful to see him celebrated and to know that his fine qualities live on in hundreds of decendents today.