Waples: San Pail "Deserves" HOTY


He may not have come out and said it directly, but driver Randy Waples, pilot of hard-hitting aged trotter San Pail, appears to have thrown his support behind his charge for 2011 Horse of the Year honours


In Dave Briggs' column in the Guelph Mercury, the 46-year-old resident of Milton, Ont. stated that he believes the career winner of just under $3 million in purse earnings “deserves it."

Trained by Rod Hughes of Dunsford, Ont., San Pail compiled an incredible seasonal slate in 2011. The seven-year-old son of San Pellegrino started 16 times, won 14 of those dashes and finished second twice. He banked $1,266,420, lowered his mark to 1:50.4 over Mohawk Racetrack and bagged the Maple Leaf Trot, Nat Ray Invitational, Credit Winner Trot, his division of the Allerage Stakes and the Breeders Crown Open Trot before being shut down for the rest of the campaign.

2011 Breeders Crown Open Trot - San Pail - 1:51.4

"I don’t think any horse that’s been out there this year has dominated their division the way that he does," Waples was quoted as saying. "He’s not in an easy division. They’re all champions in there. They’ve been champions at one time. They’re the best in the world and he’s beaten them all.”

(With files from the Guelph Mercury)


Not just North Americas Horse of the Year, but Horse of the World!!!!!

There should be a "connections" of the year (owners, trainer, caretaker , driver) award as well and the group attached to SP would be the number one choice based on their excellent management of one great horse. Hope ya'all come back next year to give us more thrills.

San Pail is the horse that never stopped! Hope he wins HOTY; he deserves it.

Hands down "Horse of the Year" No doubt, no question, over and out!

Just watched San Pail win the big one at WO, and he lost ground at the wire (actually before the wire ) to conserve energy, and the Lobell horse gained near the wire, but only because Randy conserved energy for the last 100 yards in order to beat all comers.
San Pail is still the best. There is talk that the Lobell horse was under-raced, but part of a trainer's job is to put his/her horse into the proper races in order to go for the rainbow.

I have never heard of a horse winning 3 Maple Leaf Trots.Enjoy San Pail (and Mr. Waples) when you can, as no horse can go on forever like San Pail.

16 starts, 14 wins, 2 seconds. You tell me who is better.

If you look up in the dictionary under "POLITE", there is a picture of Randy. The exploits of San Pail are made even higher when you consider he is in a trailer on most race days.
San Pail fits Randy like a glove and after winning those big Woodbine Trots (Maple Leaf),
he should win Horse of the Year.

The USA horses can't beat him on either side of the border.Sure, Randy will surprise with a win--(vs Monkey on my Wheel) --loved that one~-!!!That shows his extreme driving skills.

The people behind The San, are just ordinary people, but still can take the measure of anyone wanting to debate any race.

Best trotter in North America, in my opinion!!!!

Well,duh.....!Is there anyone in the free world doubting it?

I'm trying very hard to think of another horse who could possibly beat him......I can't.

Just to add to my previous comments everyone involved with SP, trainer, groom, driver etc. deserves recognition for the great job they did in keeping the horse sound and ready to go all year. And special credit to the ever humble Randy Waples. As good as these horses are and as much as drivers like to say they can be driven with two fingers it's very easy to be overcome by the scale of the races and the honors and money that are at stake every time you get on the track. Randy did one heck of a job and like a true great was at his best when it mattered most.

Well done Randy, you guided San Pail to what should be HOTY. A screw up here and there and it all gets derailed but you shone when it counted.

As much as there is no sure thing San Pail should be as close as sure thing to being horse of the year as there is. Which other horse accomplished what he accomplished?
No brainer as far as this fan goes.

Amen. San Pail is definitely the most deserving for HOTY. He has set the harness racing world on fire!

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