During my first few days
at Belmont Park I spent a lot of time just exploring. For those of you who haven't
visited the backstretch here, for every barn there is an assigned cottage or
two. Mostly they are used as trainers' offices. Some of them are used as dorm
rooms for backstretch employees. One morning I peered through the paned windows
of a padlocked cottage and discovered this treasure trove. The structure houses
what looks to be an old farrier's shop with tools and kiln left to collect
I have no idea who once
worked in this cottage, and have yet to find someone who can tell me. Did
Belmont have its own "house farrier"? Was it rented out to one of the
regular blacksmiths that work here? Maybe the cottage was assigned to a trainer
who was also skilled as a farrier and liked to do his own shoeing?
Maybe it isn't even an old farrier's shop--maybe a leathersmith worked there making tack. I'll admit I'm not at all familiar with the all of uses for all of the visible tools.
So what it comes down to is that I haven't
the faintest idea of who once worked here or what they did, but I'm asking around. If you know anything about this workshop, I welcome you to share it in a comment. In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on what I learn.