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MacDonell Joins 5,000-Win Club

Published: October 1, 2012 10:26 pm ET

Last Comment: October 4, 2012 7:07 am ET | 10 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Paul MacDonell, a regular driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit, enjoyed a driving double to kick off the Woodbine fall/winter meet, and that was enough to put the reinsman into the 5,000-win club.

The classy horseman guided Count Speed to victory in a $19,000 conditioned trot in Race 8. The three-year-old son of Majestic Son went gate-to-wire in 1:56.2.

The 49-year-old, who won the 2008 O’Brien Award as Canada’s top driver, was elated to reach the milestone.

“It feels great to get it,” said MacDonell. “Coming into tonight, I thought I had a pretty good chance to get it with the live drives I had. It’s just been a thrill and I’m honoured to reach the milestone.”

This year, the Guelph resident has visited the winner’s circle 89 times thus far, while accumulating over $2.5 million in purses earnings.

In 2007 and 2008, MacDonell enjoyed the ride of a lifetime as he partnered with the great Somebeachsomewhere, who achieved international acclaim.

He was also the regular pilot of the late Admirals Express. The 2010 Cam Fella Award winner was affectionately known as ‘The Grey Gladiator.’

MacDonell notched his first win in 1981 with Dandy J Mite at Kawartha Downs.


To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Woodbine Racetrack.

October 4, 2012 - 7:07 amCongratulations on a job well

Jim Lee SAID...

Congratulations on a job well done

October 2, 2012 - 3:25 pmCongrats on the milestone,

Congrats on the milestone, Paul!

October 2, 2012 - 2:25 pmCongratulation Paul,well

Congratulation Paul,well deserved.........Stu,

October 2, 2012 - 11:51 amCongratulations Paul! You are

Congratulations Paul! You are a great role model for the harness racing industry both on and off the track, and a real credit to the sport. Continued good fortune!

Larry Resnitzky
Managing Editor
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October 2, 2012 - 11:24 amCongratulations my friend!!!!

Congratulations my friend!!!!

October 2, 2012 - 11:19 amCongratulations on this very

James Feeley SAID...

Congratulations on this very big deal Mr MacDonell! We are elated it was on a Majestic Son trained by Mark Steacy by coincidence, too.

October 2, 2012 - 1:31 pmCongrats Big Mac! Class

Congrats Big Mac! Class usually wins races and Paul has got plenty to spare. In sports they don't come any better. Onward to 6000!

October 2, 2012 - 9:04 amAmazing

Amazing accomplishment....congrats!!!! Nancy & Cal

October 2, 2012 - 6:19 amCongratulations from the

Congratulations from the Elliott's from the Walkerton area. Always a classy guy. We keep an eye on how you are doing. Good role model. Thanks

October 2, 2012 - 12:12 amCongratulations Paulie Mac...

Dan Fisher SAID...

Congratulations Paulie Mac... couldn't happen to a better guy.

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