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Five-In-A-Row For San Pail

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Published: November 22, 2010 7:50 pm ET

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Open class trotters marched into battle at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening, and Canada’s ultimate trotting warrior found his way to victory lane yet again.

San Pail, who was voted Canada’s Older Trotting Horse of the Year at the 2009 O’Brien Awards, front-stepped to a 1:53.4 victory for the tandem of driver Randy Waples and co-owner/trainer Rod Hughes.

The six-year-old son of San Pellegrino-Village Beauty, who is co-owned by his breeder, Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, ON, was parked to the quarter pole in a :27-second clip by Define The World (Paul MacDonell) before being released to the engine. Once San Pail cleared he supplied the field with sensible middle splits of :56 and 1:26.2 before stepping on the gas pedal. A :27.2 final frame was unleashed by leader, who turned aside a determined challenge by Define The World, who came up a neck short. Merited Victory (Rick Zeron) completed the Triactor ticket in the five-horse affair.

“He’s a dream come true,” said driver Randy Waples. “He’s been off a month, maybe a month and a half and he just goes out there and does his job. He’s a real gentleman.”

The triumph was the eleventh of the season for San Pail, who went 12-for-24 last year. The 33-time winner upped his earnings to $1,669,465 in the process.

To view Monday’s results, click here.

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