Guest Blog by Rob Logsdon, FPD
Josh Johnson and I had the pleasure of visiting Butch Colbert at Green County Horseshoe Supply Inc. in Greenville, New York on our way to Saratoga Springs recently. Butch delivers farrier supplies to several farriers at Saratoga racecourse and carries a wide variety of FPD products for farriers of all disciplines. He gave us a tour of the store and we enjoyed seeing his collection of carriages.
We continued our trip with a visit to the Saratoga Raceway Harness Track and Saratoga Race Course, where we were fortunate enough to visit with many of the top Thoroughbred farriers including: Jim and JT Bayes, David Hinton, Caughey Romero, Bernie Walters and both Ray Amato, Sr. and Ray Amato, Jr. While in the barn area we were privileged to observe the guys at work. It’s a pleasure watching these professionals work on some of the top equine athletes. Their ability, speed and efficiency always amaze me.
The sights and sounds of the barn area at Saratoga are reminiscent of Keeneland racecourse. Both places are iconic in racing and the farriers really appreciate working at each place. We appreciated hanging with Caughey Romero and Gavin Clarke while they shod horses using Kerckhaert Tradition Hinds and Kerckhaert Kings and Legendary XT fronts. Caughey shod the winner of the weekend’s biggest race, the prestigious Jim Dandy Stakes, using the Kerckhaert Legendary XT fronts and Kerckhaert Tradition RT hinds. Saratoga racecourse has long been referred to as “the graveyard of favorites” and the Jim Dandy winner, 27-1 longshot Laoban, certainly did his part in maintaining that reputation. Congratulations to Caughey Romero, Gavin Clarke and to all the connections of Laoban.