Archive for April, 2012

Nelson Customer Spotlight – Kellogg Racing Stables

Kellogg Racing StablesWayne Kellogg and his Kellogg Racing Stables is a Standardbred harness racing operation that races at nearby Saratoga as well as many other tracks in upstate New York, New Jersey and Canada. Wayne’s primary business is Warren Tire Service Centers Inc. He started with one store and built the business to its current 14 store configuration. Along the way Wayne concentrated on purchasing failing tire centers and turning them into successful profit centers. A few years ago, Wayne sold the business to his children but has remained on as the CEO of the company.

Wayne, who is 69, got his start with Standardbred horses back in the early 70’s. He would go down to a friend’s farm and help out by cleaning stalls and jogging horses. He found working around the horses relaxing. It was a release for him as he was always working. This led to Wayne buying partial shares in five horses with a few different partners. He left racing after three years due to the low purses and financial drain. He did not go near the track for 16 years. Wayne was lured back to racing by the promise of higher purses that were supported by the advent of Video Lottery Terminals at race tracks throughout the state of New York. This allowed the purses to more than quadruple from 2003 to 2006. An invitation from a close friend to spend a night at the races a few years ago got Wayne hooked and led to the building of Kellogg Racing Stables.

A key feature of Wayne’s beautiful 25 acre farm is the half mile training track. The farm has matching Morton barns and buildings with 21 stalls, a tack room, wash area, five paddocks and a caretaker’s apartment. Every horse stall has a window, a Nelson automatic waterer and a Nelson feeder. Wayne says that he runs the farm the same way that he runs his 14 successful tire stores. It’s important that his stores are clean and orderly and that he has good people and products. In the horse business Wayne has top quality horses, facilities and employees.

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