By GALEN EAGLE, Peterborough Examiner Staff Writer
Hi Tech Tony looks built for racing. A huge, lean, dark standardbred, he pulls a sulky at a slow gallop on his practice oval while his owner Steve Gassien watches with amusement.
“He’s the biggest horse I have ever had,” said Gassien, taking a break from his 12-hour day at his rented barn on Providence Line just east of Peterborough. “He’s one of my favourite horses of all time.”
Gassien describes Tony as a big, friendly, goofy horse who likes to play. Tony also has a peculiar love for Scotch mints.
“He’ll whip you right into a stall to try to get one out of your pockets,” he said.
The eight-year-old has been a good investment. Purchased for $8,000, he earned Gassien $40,000 last year and $12,000 in the first part of this year.