San Pail, who was officially retired after an incredible career at Kawartha Downs in October of last year, will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame later this year.
One of the most popular and talented trotters in all of North America for many years, the winner of $3.1 million during his career also started his career at Kawartha for local trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes of Dunsford.
Co-owned by breeder Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, Ontario , San Pail won 52 of 114 career races and earned a lifetime mark of 1:50.4.
The gelded son of San Pellegrino dominated Canadian harness racing in 2011, topping the charts for older trotting horses in North America with over $1.2 million in earnings and 14 wins in 16 races, highlighted by victories in every stakes event in which he competed.
The season included his third consecutive victory in the Maple Leaf Trot and and a Breeders Crown Championship where he defeated a world class field of trotters and was joined by hundreds of racing fans and supporters, known as the San Pail Posse, in the winner’s circle.
In December 2011, San Pail was honoured at the Trotteur Francais International Awards in Vincennes, Paris. Voted the O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse in 2009, 2010 and 2011, he also won O’Brien Awards and Dan Patch Awards as Horse of the Year and a Dan Patch Award as Trotter of the Year in 2011.
Reaching beyond harness racing, San Pail was named Equine Canada’s Canadian Bred Horse of the Year in 2011 and was inducted into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Kawartha Downs is honoured to have played a role in the career of such an outstanding harness horse and extends warm congratulations to Rod and Jerry Hughes and Donna and Glenn Van Camp and their families on this coveted achievement.