By RITA POLIAKOV, THE SUDBURY STAR
Updated 2 days ago
Horses have taken over Murray McConnell’s office.
There are books about horses, portraits of horses, statues of horses, and then there’s McConnell himself. In the industry since the 1970s, the standardbred horse breeder is completely immersed in his farm.
“I bought my first Standardbred (horse) in 1974,” he said. “I’m from London, Ont. A lot of my friends were farmers. When I moved, I always wanted to (be around) horses.”
This, beyond any other reason, is why McConnell can’t sleep at night. It’s not that he doesn’t try. He goes to bed at 9 p.m.
Then stays awake for hours, thinking about his horses. And which ones will have to be killed because of the provincial government’s decision to get rid of the Slots at Racetracks program, which will go into affect next March.
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