My dad, Tony, has been in the industry now for roughly 50 years. I will save you a few hours, and give you a quick summary of his career by stating that he is considered one of the absolute best horse trainers in the entire country, and is a celebrity within the racing industry.
He is at the track by 4am, every day of the week, and is absolutely devoted to his work. He is the power behind the family machine. He is a quiet guy, and very reserved, so lucky my Mom, Kimmy, is around to speak for him.
My Mom, Kim, is the superhero of Team D (the actual name of our family business, if I forgot to mention). Kimmy helps set up and close down the barn each day (includes tasks that would be included in the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs). She also finds good homes for horses when their racing careers are over.
My mom is so fun and outgoing, most people wouldn’t think of her as the manual labor type of person, but she definitely goes in and gets after it each day. However, she also serves as Team D one person PR team. She talks to literally anybody and everybody, in order to get our name out there. She handles all of our networking, and does a better job than anyone else in the business.
Anthony has worked in the industry as a blacksmith for 10 years now. However he’s the last person you would call to make a key or change a door lock. He is a blacksmith or “Farrier” for horses. Anthony specializes in putting on horse shoes. People at the race track say you must be crazy to ride a racehorse and insane to get under one.
My father trained a horse named the Big Beast who stood over 18 hands tall (75 inches) and weighed over 1300 pounds. Thoroughbreds can be very dangerous if not trained properly. Though it is a dangerous profession, it is extremely valuable, therefore making it an extremely profitable line of work.
James helps my mom prepare our barns and close them down when needed. When he is not working at our barn, James is at a breeding farm in Saratoga helping with daily operations.
However, James has managed and supervised multiple different restaurants at the Saratoga track. Though James wants to focus on the food side of the industry, he is an absolute natural horse handler, and I personally hope he finds a trade where he can work directly with horses. Horses will either love you or hate you, based upon the vibe you give them. For whatever reason, horses absolutely love this kid.
There you have it. You’re all caught up with how our team works for the most part. Now, let’s dive in.