As a young man in Peru, the only goggles he saw were Kroop's, said Prado, 44.
But he doesn't remember their brand names as easily as he recalls Kroop's.
With an estimated 8,000 jockeys in the world, the horse-racing goggle market is small, which keeps competition to a minimum.
"They think they can get a piece of the pie and they do get a piece," Tremblay said of competitors.
"But guess what?" he continued. "They can't make a living at it and they get out."
Tremblay is looking for new customers. Kroop's gets a boost from military forces around the world — including the U.S. Army — that distribute the goggles to paratroopers in training. The company also just came out with a more substantial goggle for turf riders. And Tremblay hints at other applications for Israel Kroop's invention.
But Tremblay's heart belongs to what he calls "the real deal."
"I like being involved in a business that's so steeped in tradition," Tremblay said. "I love the fact that I own an old, established, famous business — and I'm going to take care of it."
Baltimore Sun reporter Steve Kilar contributed to this article.