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San Pail Makes 2012 Debut

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Published: March 15, 2012 1:06 pm ET

Last Comment: March 15, 2012 2:42 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

San Pail, harness racing's Horse of the Year on both sides of the border in 2011, captured his qualifying session this morning at Mohawk Racetrack.

The winner of $2,977,885, which includes three Maple Leaf Trot victories, cleared to the front past the half in :58.1 and led his rivals past three-quarters in 1:27.3, en route to stopping the timer in 1:55.3 with a :28 final quarter. Last year's Goodtimes Final winner Blue Porsche finished second in his 2012 debut for trainer-driver Blair Burgess.

“Everything went very smoothly this morning,” trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes said. “Randy [Waples] and I thought right around [1]:55 or [1]:56 should be reasonable this morning and did that very comfortably. Randy said he was strong at the end of the mile and that he’s ready to go.”

After earning $1,266,420 last season with a record of 14-2-0 from 16 appearances, San Pail’s first stakes engagement of the season will be in the opening leg of the Glorys Comet Series, set for Saturday, March 24 at Woodbine.

The eight-year-old son of San Pellegrino has 49 career victories for co-owner and breeder Glenn Van Camp.

To view all charts from Thursday morning's qualifying session, click the following link: Thursday Qualifiers - Mohawk Racetrack.

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March 15, 2012 - 2:42 pmProbably one of the only

Probably one of the only positive stories we will get to read today. Good luck to all San pails connections in 2012 . I hope he wins all the big ones and does the little guys proud. You give us all hope. Robbie Robinson

March 15, 2012 - 2:31 pmWelcome back big boy!

Randy Copley SAID...

Welcome back big boy!


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