Adams County man training rare white thoroughbred horses to race

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 12:47 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 17, 2016 at 9:24 PM EST
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ADAMS COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - It's off to the races for five Adams County horses. They are in training at Cedar Brook Farm, and the owner of the farm said they'll be doing something unheard of.

Ed Crothers started training horses more than 30 years ago, but he swears it still doesn't feel like a job.

"I was always told if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life," Crothers said.

Crothers focuses on helping the horses build confidence and teaches them new skills for hours at a time.

"What you put into it, they'll give you so much more, Crothers said.

As an expert at his craft, Crothers is used to dealing with all kinds of personalities, sizes and breeds of horses.

"It's really cool once you get hooked up to 'em and just by your hand, your sign language, they start responding to different levels," Crothers said.

Now, Crothers is doing something he said has never been done before.

"This will be the first time that five white thoroughbreds are going to be going to the track at one time," Crothers said.

Crothers is preparing white five thoroughbreds, brought in from a Kentucky farm, for a career on the track.

He said it's something so out of the ordinary, that in the past 125 years, only about 150 horses of two million registered as white with the Jockey Club.

In a little more than 100 days, the majestic creatures should be ready to put their hooves to the test at Belterra Casino.

"You see the white horse, and you're going to bet on the white horse because he's different than everything else, ya know," Crothers said.

The horses' futures won't stop there.

"Like anything else, the more you get there, the more opportunities these white horses are going to hopefully make history and win some money and hopefully one day be winning the Kentucky Derby," Crothers said.

Crothers said he's only been working with the horses for a little more than a week, so they do have a long way to go.

He plans to keep in touch with the owner of the horses once they start racing and hopes to one day see one of them taking the crown.

If you're interested in learning more about the horses, Crothers' training or Cedar Brook Farm, you can visit Crother's website.

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