After having broken stride in his 2014 pari-mutuel debut, San Pail looked to correct himself on Friday, April 25 during a blustery qualifying session at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont.
The 10-year-old San Pellegrino gelding had his regular driver, Randy Waples, in tow when he lined up in Post 6 for the first dash on the nine-race qualifying docket.
Over a ‘fast’ track rated one second slow, Waples and San Pail worked their way into the two-hole as Magic Lindy (driven by Paul MacDonell) crossed over and clicked off the opening quarter in :28.4.
The multiple O’Brien Award winning San Pail assumed control in the second quarter and trotted down to the half-mile marker in 1:00.3. The career winner of 52 races and over $3.1 million in earnings maintained an open-length lead along the final turn and passed by the three-quarters pole in 1:31.
The multiple stakes winner kicked it up a bit during his final quarter (:27.2) as he came home for a three and a half-length win in 1:58.2 for trainer Rod Hughes.
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