I went to Canterbury Park and the first horse I got to see race was "Ground Candy," a three year old owned by my uncle, Jim Murray. That is my uncle, with the big smile, leading him out for his race. Jim has been breeding and raising Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses in Cedar, Minnesota for as long as I can remember. His race prospects come to my dad for training and they race at various tracks around the Midwest. Jim is a soft-spoken guy with a big laugh. He is an animal lover and anytime we stopped in for a visit, he was always carrying his toy poodle, "Muffin" or a barn cat was rubbing against his legs, hoping for a scratch.
Unlike most breeders in the business, his horses are family to him. His has over 40 horses right now and can't bear the thought of selling any of them. I have always loved the way Jim interacts with his horses and the calming effect he has on them. On this day Ground Candy ran a wonderful race and lost by a nose. Jim was proud of his baby and in this picture, the jockey, Keith Davis, tells Jim what a wonderful horse he has here, and Jim simply responds, "I know."
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