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.
"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)