San Pail, who started and ended his remarkable career at Kawartha Downs, is a finalist on this year’s Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame ballot.
One of the most talented trotters to ever step onto a racetrack, San Pail was developed by local horseman Rod Hughes, who shared ownership of the winner of more than $3.1 million with the gelding’s breeder Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, Ontario.
During the course of his career San Pail won 52 of 114 races and earned a mark of 1:50.4. He captured the prestigious Maple Leaf Trot (2009, 2010 and 2011) against the best trotters in the world. He also won multiple Grand Circuit stakes on both sides of the border and beat a world class field in the 2011 Breeders Crown Championship for Older Trotters.
San Pail won multiple O’Brien and Dan Patch Awards during his long and storied career, and was named Equine Canada’s Canadian Bred Horse of the Year in 2011.
Kawartha Downs was privileged to host the final retirement ceremony for San Pail last October. A great crowed turned out to bid farewell to one of the most talented and popular horses in recent years. Many members of the San Pail posse were on hand and several lucky fans were chosen to have their photos taken with the legend.
Kawartha Downs was very fortunate that Rod and his family, including parents Susan and Jerry and sister Rhonda were so generous to give fans one final look at their champion. They also shared a myriad of memories of his career for the fans to enjoy. Glenn and Donna Van Camp were also in attendance to bid farewell to their champion and share their memories with fans.
This is the first year San Pail was eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame. He is one of the finalists, along with Blissfull Hall and Shadow Play, in the male horse category. The winner will be announced April 5. All of us at Kawartha extend good luck to San Pail and his connections.