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The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce their 2016 inductees. A total of 10 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame from an extremely strong list of finalists, in this the 40thAnniversary year of the CHRHF. Standardbred inductees include horses San Pail and Odies Fame and people John Ferguson Sr., Yves Filion and Bruce Johnston.  The Thoroughbred inductees are Wise Dan, Dahlia, Mark Casse, Dr. Michael Colterjohn and Daryl Wells, Sr. San Pail, bred by co-owner Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, Ontario and co-owned by trainer Rod Hughes of Dunsford, Ontario, is one of the sport’s most popular horses in recent years.  He retired in September 2015 following a career that saw him win 52 of 114 races, record a mark of 1:50.4 and earn over $3.1 million.  Partnered with regular driver Randy Waples, San Pail dominated Canadian harness racing in 2011, topping the charts for older trotting horses in North America with over $1.2 million in earnings and 14 wins in 16 races, highlighted by victories in every stakes event he competed in.  The season included his third consecutive victory in the Maple Leaf Trot and and a Breeders Crown Championship where he defeated a world class field of trotters and was joined by hundreds of racing fans and supporters in the winner’s circle.  In December 2011, San Pail was honoured at the Trotteur Francais International Awards in Vincennes, Paris.    Voted the O’Brien Award  winner as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse in 2009, 2010 and 2011, he also won O’Brien Awards and Dan Patch Awards as Horse of the Year and a Dan Patch Award as Trotter of the Year in 2011.  Reaching beyond harness racing, San Pail was named Equine Canada’s Canadian Bred Horse of the Year in 2011 and was inducted into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Odies Fame, purchased for $7,500 by Buddy (Harold) Wellwood and Dr. Norm Amos at the 1997 Forest City Yearling Sale, raced 77 times from 1998 through 2001 and managed 26 wins, 13 seconds, 9 thirds, earnings of $1,410,720 and a mark of 1:52 while under the care of Wellwood.  A daughter of CHRHF member Apaches Fame, she posted six track records at age two, set a World Record of 1:52.3 on a five-eighths mile track at Rideau Carleton and was almost unbeatable in the Ontario Sires Stakes where she won seven of nine events and earnings of $247,800.  She received two O’Brien Awards being awarded Canada’s Horse of the Year and Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.  At age three, she had 8 wins in 21 races, just under $800,000 in earnings, and scored victories in the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown Championship.  She was again a divisional champion in the Ontario Sires Stakes, winning five of eight events and over $161,000.  Named the Canadian Sportsman’s Readers’ Choice Award winner as the 1999 Horse of the Year over triple crown winner Blissfull Hall, Odies Fame also added another O’Brien trophy to her collection as she was voted Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, as well as the Dan Patch Award for her division, despite not setting foot in the U.S.  Odies Fame raced as a four and five-year-old, mainly in Woodbine Entertainment’s top fillies and mares class and an injury forced her into retirement in September, 2001. Yves Filion, 69 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec, a member of one of Canada’s greatest harness racing families, was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years, driving in over 18,000 races with 4,387 wins and $26.7 million in earnings.   Training credits include 273 winners and earnings of almost $3.7 million.  He bred many successful horses at his Bayama Farms including Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama.   Yves trained and drove Runnymede Lobell to victory in the 1988 North America Cup, his richest of 31 career wins to go along with over $1.6 million in earnings.  Filion also bred and trained Goliath Bayama to 25 wins and earnings of over $1.5 million in his career.   After his two-year-old season, Yves turned the driving duties over to his son Sylvain.   The pair combined for a runner- up finish in the North America Cup in his three-year-old campaign.  Yves, the brother of Hall of Famer Herve Filion, is the youngest of eleven children.  His son, Sylvain Filion, was Canada’s Driver of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The late John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather, both Thoroughbred horsemen, at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC. During his time with the Montreal Canadians, he became a fixture at Blue Bonnets Raceway.  He ventured into harness horse ownership in the early 70s as a partner with Del MacTavish Sr. and Roger White in trotter Harlan Marv and later teamed up with the Stall Family in forming Double Two Ranch to campaign horses such as Keystone Sandra and Comet Angus. On the advice of Hall of Fame Breeder Elgin Armstrong, Ferguson began purchasing fillies with breeding potential.  He eventually sold most of the mares except Lady Kin Hanover, the dam of Merger, who Ferguson bred.  Merger was syndicated at the age of two for over $8 million before going on to win the 1982 Little Brown Jug. As an owner, Ferguson’s best horse was Hardie Hanover, Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 1994, a winner of the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown and over $718,000 in purse money. In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson was involved in track management.  He was hired by Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal, Quebec, and after leaving the NHL became the President of Windsor Raceway.  He was also one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and assisted with researching and writing the by-laws. In 1976, Bruce Johnston of Aylmer, Ontario, acquired The Canadian Sportsman, ‘the oldest turf journal in America’.  His editorial policy was to promote harness racing and to suggest proposals, such as those that resulted in improvements to the Ontario Sires Stakes format in 1991.  Under Johnston’s leadership, The Canadian Sportsman became one of the sport’s leading publications.  His “Short Turns” column was known for its wit and tales of fictional racing characters. Johnston was also involved in various racing related lobbying efforts and was an active member of the Ontario Agriculture and Horse Racing Coalition.  He was posthumously named winner of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society’s General Achievement Award for 1993, recognizing excellence, leadership and contributions to the Canadian Standardbred breeding industry.  That same year the Johnston Cup was established in his memory and is awarded annually to the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Johnston owned several horses including Sam Fella and Pickerel and one of his broodmares produced the $127,000 winning trotter, Dream Of Ironstone.  Johnston died suddenly in May, 1993, from a heart attack at age 59. The Thoroughbred inductees in the CHRHF class of 2016 are: Wise Dan’s racing career concluded in 2014 at the age of seven after 23 wins and two seconds in 31 starts, amassing a bank account of  $7,552,920 for breeder/owner Morton Fink and trainer Charles LoPresti.  Included in these impressive statistics for the multiple graded stakes winner, were back-to-back wins in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1) in 2012 and 2013.  The chestnut gelding’s 2013 victory in that race was in an impressive course record of 1:31.75. Wise Dan also had back-to-back wins in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) 2012, 2013 and was honoured as Eclipse Award Horse of the Year in both 2012 and 2013 as well as Champion Grass Horse and Champion Older Horse in the U.S. in those two years.  Wise Dan’s bloodlines can be traced back to the great Northern Dancer and his pedigree also includes 1973 Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year Secretariat, who is the grandsire of Wise Dan’s dam Lisa Danielle, also owned and campaigned by Fink. Bred in Kentucky by Nelson Bunker Hunt, french-trained Dahlia was regarded as an equine pioneer of international racing.  The filly was under the tutelage of Maurice Zilber from age two through five.  She was later owned by Allen Paulson and trained by Charlie Whittingham. She won Group or Grade 1 stakes in five different countries including Canada, when she won the Canadian International in 1974 as a four-year-old.  That Canadian victory brought international attention to the race and subsequently resulted in other European horses making the trip to Toronto for the annual turf event.  She spent much of her race career taking on the boys, doing so 35 times in her 48 starts, and was the first female horse to surpass $1 million in career earnings.  Total career stats include a record of 15-3-7 in 48 starts with earnings of $1,489,105.  As a broodmare, she produced three Grade 1 winners – Dahar, Rivlia and Delegant. Mark Casse, to date is the winner of seven Sovereign Awards as Canada’s Outstanding Trainer and ten leading-trainer titles at Woodbine.  Born in Indiana in 1961, he took over his father’s Kentucky operation at the age of 18 and soon after scored his first winner as trainer at Keeneland.   A 69-win season in 2002 earned Casse his first Woodbine trainers’ title.  Since then, he’s trained a number of Sovereign Award winning horses including three Horses of the Year – Lexie Lou (2014) bred by fellow 2016 inductee       Dr. Michael Colterjohn, Uncaptured (2012), and 2013 CHRHF mare Sealy Hill (2007), the only filly to win the Canadian Triple Tiara.  Other champions include My Conquestadory and Marchfield.  In 2011, Casse won a record 119 races, surpassing the previous mark of 89 victories by Frank Passero in 1995 and collected a then-record $6.6 million plus in purses. He saddled Lexie Lou to win both the Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Oaks in 2014.  2015 was Casse’s biggest year yet, as he amassed $13.6 million in purses with 159 winners including Breeders’ Cup Grade 1 wins with both Tepin, 2015 Eclipse Award-winner as Champion Turf Female, and Catch a Glimpse, who is a 2015 Sovereign finalist as Canada’s Outstanding 2-year-old Filly.  Other achievements on Casse’s training resume include 8 Canadian Classic wins, 46 graded stakes win and 170 stake wins.  In addition, he has trained three winners of the Woodbine Oaks, three Prince of Wales winners and one Breeders’ Stakes winner.  Non-training roles in the racing industry include that of Director of HBPA and Steward of the Jockey Club of Canada. The late Dr. Michael Colterjohn, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 11 living in Lindsay, ON, where his father Duncan was a family physician.  Michael grew up surrounded by horses, fostering a passion for show jumping and fox hunting which inspired a career as one of Canada’s top equine reproductive veterinarians.   He joined Gardiner Farms in 1987 and was soon named farm President.   Under his management, the Caledon East farm became one of the country’s most well-respected and accomplished breeding operations. He built a quality broodmare band to elevate the farm into a significant player in the Canadian-yearling market. Gardiner Farms Limited bred numerous stakes winners including Kitty’s Got Class, winner of the Fanfreluche Stakes and Victorian Queen Stakes, both at Woodbine, for Colterjohn and Denny Andrews. Gardiner Farms Limited’s other stakes winners as breeder include Are You Serious, Bear It’s Time, Cocney Lass, Legal Move, London Snow, Midnight Shadow, Rare Friends, and Top Ten List.  Following the sale of Gardiner Farms 2008, Colterjohn along with his wife Dr. Moira Gunn and farm manager Sherry McLean, purchased the Gardiner livestock he had spent so much time and effort amassing and the three partners launched Paradox Farm Inc.  The long list of Paradox-bred horses include 2014 Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou along with venerable Ontario Sire stakes performer, Pender Harbour. The voice of Daryl Wells, Sr. became as much a part of Ontario thoroughbred racing as the track where he honed his craft.  His career as announcer for the OJC began when the Etobicoke, ON track opened in 1956 and the assignment also included calling races at Fort Erie and Greenwood.  Twenty years later, he began focussing exclusively on races at Woodbine, providing an opportunity for his son Daryl, Jr. to take over at Fort Erie.  Wells’ broadcast career began as a disc jockey at the age of 15 in British Columbia, moving east several years later, working in the sports department at radio station CHML in Hamilton, ON in the 1940s and ’50s, eventually becoming the sports director for Hamilton’s CHCH-TV.  Working with another radio/TV legend Norm Marshall, Wells co-hosted the first four races live from Woodbine during weekday afternoons. In so doing, he provided easy-to-understand commentary which truly enhanced racing’s image and dramatically boosted its popularity and increased the sport’s fan base.  His calls of Northern Dancer winning the Queen’s Plate in 1964 as well as Secretariat’s final race at Woodbine in 1973, live on in the memories of racing fans everywhere.  Following his death in 2003, the headline in the Toronto Sun read, “Woodbine loses legend. Long-time announcer dies” The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 3th, 2016. Located at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, ON, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a national organization dedicated to honouring the best in Canadian horse racing as we preserve the history and heritage of the sport. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found Standardbred Inductees Male Horse Category:  San Pail – Breeder, Glenn Van Camp, Port Perry, ON; owners Glenn Van Camp and Hughes Stable Inc., Dunsford, ON.;  trainer, Rod Hughes; driver, Randy Waples. Female Horse Category:  Odies Fame – Breeder, Glengate Farms, Campbellville, ON; owners, Buddy (Harold) Wellwood and Dr. Norm Amos/Linda Wellwood, St. George, ON; trainers, Harold Wellwood, Lyle McArthur; primary driver, Dave Wall. Builder Category:  John Ferguson, Sr. (deceased), born in Vancouver, BC, resident of Montreal, QC, & Windsor, ON Driver/Trainer:  Yves Filion, Saint-Andre-D’argent, QC Communicator Category:  Bruce Johnston, (deceased), Aylmer, ON Thoroughbred Inductees Male Horse Category:  Wise Dan – Bred and owned by Morton Fink, Chicago, IL; Trained by Charles LoPresti, Lexington, KY; Veteran Horse Category:  Dahlia (deceased), bred and owned by Nelson Bunker Hunt, trained by Maurice Zilber, later owned by Allen Paulson and trainer Charlie Whittingham Trainer Category:  Mark Casse, Ocala, FL Builder Category:  Dr. Michael Colterjohn (deceased), Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, resident of Lindsay ON and Caledon, ON Communicator Category:  Daryl Wells Sr. (deceased), Born in Victoria, BC, resident of Lewiston, NY From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 

The connections of Swedish star Commander Crowe have officially accepted an invitation to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot for the third time and the chestnut champion will make his first star on U.S. soil this fall. Commander Crowe raced in the Breeders Crown Trot in 2011-2012 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third to San Pail and third to Chapter Seven in his respective events. Since moving to the stable of French trainer Fabrice Souloy in 2010, Commander Crowe, now 11, is still going strong. He earned a Breeders Crown invitation by winning the Aby Stora Pris, a Grade 1 event in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August. Owned by Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg) the gelded son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell has won 60 races in 103 starts, for earnings of $4.7 million. "We are delighted to accept your kind invitation for our horse Commander Crowe in order to participate in this years Breeders Crown for older trotters," said Joakim Wihlborg via emial. "We are fully aware of the conditions and we are looking forward to be a part of the big event." The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Trainer Fabrice Souloy reports that Commander Crowe will arrive in the U.S. in mid-October. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot is one of 12 championship events worth a total of $5.6 million to be raced at The Meadowlands over the weekend of Friday, Nov.21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information visit or    

Glenn Van Camp says there are similarities between 3-year-old gelding trotter Damfoolrmillionair and his award-winning half-brother San Pail. Whether the two will have similar careers still remains unknown, but Van Camp would be happy even if Damfoolrmillionair is only half as good. Damfoolrmillionair is among seven horses competing in Saturday's C$682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. He will start from post seven with driver Randy Waples at the lines for trainer Brad Maxwell. The field also includes Hambletonian winner Trixton and newly crowned Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Father Patrick, both from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. Damfoolrmillionair enters the CTC off a second-place finish to Trixton in the Simcoe Stakes on Aug. 30 at Mohawk. For the year, he has won four of nine starts and earned $96,311 for owners Glenn and Paul Van Camp, as the P G Van Camp Stables. Of course, San Pail has won $3.01 million in his career, is a three-time winner of the Maple Leaf Trot, and was 2011 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. Glenn Van Camp bred San Pail and co-owns the now 10-year-old gelding, slowed by injury the last several years, with Rod Hughes. "This fella has got four white feet and San Pail doesn't, but he's quite a bit like him," Van Camp said about Damfoolrmillionair. "If you watch a video of him and San Pail, they've got about the same gait. Which isn't a bad gait. I said if he ever were half as good, he'd be a heck of a horse. That would be awful nice. "All we can do is keep our fingers crossed. Randy says he's got a lot of similarities, so that's good. You can't get much better than to be as good as that. We're quite pleased with him so far, so that's the main thing." The Van Camps bought Damfoolrmillionair, then named Bosston Whitesocks, for $33,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a son of stallion Muscles Yankee out of the mare Village Beauty. Van Camp owned Village Beauty until 2006, when she was purchased by current owner Alvin Beiler. "Brad was down at the sale and said he kind of liked the looks of the colt, so I said buy him," said Van Camp, adding with a laugh. "We changed the name because my father-in-law, who also was in the horse business all his life, said there are only two people that can be in the horse business, either a damn fool or a millionaire." Damfoolrmillionair won one of seven starts last year and finished second to Harper Blue Chip in a division of the Champlain Stakes. He also was third in his elimination for the William Wellwood Memorial, behind Harper Blue Chip and Il Sogno Dream, but finished eighth in the final after drawing post No. 9. He finished the season with a fifth-place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes, but was beaten only 1-1/4 lengths by Outburst despite starting from post eight in the eight-horse field. This year, Damfoolrmillionair competed in conditioned races until facing a stakes field in the Simcoe. He was eligible to the Hambletonian, but Van Camp said the horse "just wasn't ready." "He was coming along slowly, but that's what we were planning on doing anyway, bringing him along slowly." Damfoolrmillionair has finished no worse than third in any start this season, and held his own despite starting inside of post seven only twice in his last seven outings. "It's a good thing there isn't 10 horses in the (Canadian Trotting Classic), otherwise we'd have the 10 hole," Van Camp joked. "It's a smaller field, but we drew exactly the way we normally do. "He's a pretty good little horse," he added about Damfoolrmillionair. "He's raced very well all year. He's been in the money every time, but this is another step up for him. When you finish second to Trixton, you're doing alright. That Trixton is a very good horse. We've got our fingers crossed for Saturday night." Following is the Canadian Trotting Classic field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. E L Titan, Chris Christoforou, Riina Rekila; 2. Harper Blue Chip, Sylvain Filion, Mark Steacy; 3. Muscle Matters, Mario Baillargeon, Benoit Baillargeon; 4. Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver; 5. Trixton, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 7. Damfoolrmillionair, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell. By Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The $5 million Breeders Crown year-end championships will return to Canada in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. Woodbine Entertainment Group has signed a letter of intent to host all 12 events in the fall of next year announced WEG Executive Vice-President of Racing Jamie Martin and Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates the series. Woodbine last hosted all 12 races in 2011 and 2012, handling more than $8.5 million on the events, and luring international stars Rapide Lebel and Commander Crowe to compete against North America's greatest trotters - San Pail and Chapter Seven -- for Crown titles that resulted in eventual Horse of the Year honors. Details on dates and format of the events are to be determined.   by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown  

ELORA, ON - What's it like to be going crazy fast behind a 1,000-pound animal, with no seat belt, just two strips of leather as your steering wheel and only millimeters separating you and eight other thundering horses? Veteran driver Randy Waples says there's no feeling anything like it. "It's the greatest high in the world when you get to line up behind the gate. I've never lost it. It's been 31 years of driving horses now. Every time I go behind the gate I get that same kind of a rush, that adrenaline rush. It's just fantastic," Waples said. "You want to feel what it's like to be in a horse race? Get on a motorbike and do 100 miles an hour down the 401." Randy Waples went to high school in Fergus. When he was young, he used to play in a field in Elora that became the site of Grand River Raceway. Today, he's one of Canada's leading harness drivers and a four-time winner of Grand River Raceway's signature race, the Battle of Waterloo. At the age of 49, even after more than 6,000 wins and over $100 million in purse earnings, Waples said he still gets pumped when he takes the reins. "It's got that dangerous sort of aspect. You know they're close to you. You know how powerful the animals are. But you really don't put that into your mind because, basically, the whole time you're thinking, 'What should I be doing? Where should I be? Is this one live? Is that one stopping? Can I get out? Do I want to pull now?' There's a lot of things that go through your mind where you kind of push the dangerous part in the back of your mind." Waples said there's no better place for fans to get a taste of that adrenaline rush than at Grand River Raceway. "First of all, you're up close to the horses. To me, that's more important than anything," Waples said. "The other thing is, I think Grand River Raceway has gone out of their way to treat people the way they should be treated. It's customer first. "It's just such a friendly kind of an experience. That's Elora. Fantastic people." Waples is one of the most personable drivers in the game. He invited fans to say hello at Grand River. "I hope I see you there and if I do, come over to the fence, lean over and say, 'Hi' unless you're an ex-school teacher, then stay away," he said, laughing. Waples said horses are simply the greatest animals on earth. "We've been so lucky that God put these animals on the earth... They're so accommodating," he said. "Horses went to war with us, they carried the guns... Years ago, when there was no cars, the doctor went to the houses in a horse and a buggy. If that doctor couldn't get around in that horse and a buggy, a lot of people wouldn't be here today. We've got a horse to thank for it. "A lot of people don't know horses have blue eyes. You get up close to them, every one of them have the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen in your life." As for the horse that changed his life, Waples didn't even think for half-a-second before answering. "San Pail. Absolutely San Pail," he said of the Breeders Crown and three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner. "People looked at me differently. I was able to compete at the highest level with a very good horse and he made me look good and people just, all of a sudden, looked at me in a different light. "He's meant everything to me." To hear more of our conversation with Randy Waples - including which three people, living or dead, he'd pick to have dinner with - check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at by Kelly Spencer for Grand River Raceway

Campbellville, ON --- The Van Camp family of Port Perry, Ontario, is well known both in Hollywood and in harness racing and the two shall meet on Monday night (June 9) at Mohawk Racetrack when the 3-year-old trotting colts contest their first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event of the season. Robert Van Camp is the co-owner and breeder of Windsun Revenge. He shares ownership of the horse’s dam, Oaklea Polly, with Harley Harkness of Uxbridge, Ontario, who operates Windsun Farm which explains the gelding’s first name. The Revenge part is in honor of the hit television show Revenge which stars Van Camp’s daughter, Emily, who is also known for her roles on Everwood and Brothers And Sisters. Robert Van Camp and Harley Harkness purchased Oaklea Polly, a daughter of Balanced Image, at the end of her racing career where she earned just under $20,000 for trainer John Bax. “She’s a full sister to Oaklea Omega (a winner of $396,217, also for Bax),” explained Van Camp who also owns another sister, Oaklea Uppity, in partnership with Bax. “Oaklea Omega sold for a lot of money to Europe and I thought Oaklea Polly was her spitting image. She had some bad luck and an injury so Harley and I bought her when her racing career was over.” Windsun Revenge is her second foal. “Her first one sold at Harrisburg for $22,000 and this colt came along the year of the crash (when the slots at racetracks program was cancelled in Ontario). I liked him very much so I bought him back for $9,700,” said Van Camp who owns and operates Brooks Feed Company in Port Perry, which services a multitude of equine owners. “I contacted Jeff Durham who is one of our dealers and also trains horses. He’s a hard working young man and I asked him to break this colt for me. He liked him and asked me if he could buy in so now he owns a share. I’m hoping for his sake the horse does well.” Windsun Revenge showed promise last year as a 2-year-old, finishing third in an OSS Gold event at Grand River Raceway in just his second lifetime start. However, a bone chip limited his season to just four starts. This year at three the son of Kadabra has made five starts to date including a recent win at Mohawk in a life best of 1:57.4. Chris Christoforou was in the sulky for that win and will be back at the lines for Monday’s start where Windsun Revenge has drawn post one in the fifth of six C$18,000 divisions of the Grassroots event. This will mark Windsun Revenge’s first appearance at the Grassroots level and his performance on Monday will determine if he continues there or moves up to the Gold. “We’ll let him prove himself, he’s got some talent. There is major competition in the Gold as well as the Grassroots, there are a lot of really good colts out there. The quality of horses competing in the OSS is unbelievable.” Van Camp isn’t the only member of his immediate family with an interest in trotters. His father Glenn bred and co-owned one of the greatest trotters ever bred in the province, the $3 million winner San Pail. His brother Paul has owned a myriad of top performers over the years including last year’s Hambletonian starter Your So Vain. “I actually got involved in owning horses before they did, they’ve just had better ones,” laughed Robert. “I’m always trying to raise a good trotter. I think it’s important in my business to be involved in the industry. That way I can understand exactly what my customers are going through and relate to it as I’m in it myself.” Post time for Monday night’s races at Mohawk is 7:25 p.m. The OSS sophomore trotting colts will be spotlighted in races one, two, three, five, eight and nine. The full card may be viewed through this link.

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. To read the rest of the story click here.

After being sidelined from harness racing for six month’s, $3.1 million career winner, San Pail, was not his former world champion self in his 2014 debut at Woodbine Racecourse Saturday, making a break in the two-hole and finishing seventh. The 9th race $34,000 Preferred Trot feature saw Slip Into Glide and driver Mario Baillargeon shoot to the early lead with San Pail (Randy Waples) using their inside position to grab the two-hole spot. Past the opening quarter mile in :28 and then to the half mile marker in :57.2, Slip Into Glide seemingly held the field at bay with a two and one-half length lead. Race favorite San Pail could not keep up and when approaching the three-quarters, make a break that took him out of the race. Slip Into Glide pulled away after the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and then glided home a five and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.3. Boogie Woogie (Keith Oliver) was second with Burnin Money (Jonathan Drury) third. It was the third win this season for Slip Into Glide, a six-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide, who is trained and co-owned by Benoit Baillargeon with Craig Turner. Slip Into Glide paid $6.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for

Finally had a decent week picking some winners. We had Sly McFly pay $10.40 to win in the Dash for the “C” Note final plus a nice $34.40 exacta and then Abrokenart Hanover came through and returned $8.40 in winning his “C” note final. This is the final week of preliminary rounds for both the Matchmaker and Levy Series at Yonkers plus the final of the Whata Baron and Artistic Vision Series at the Meadowlands and the return of San Pail at Woodbine. Plenty of top flight racing action to watch and wager on. Good Luck! $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race FRIDAY – Tried to find a way that Yagonnakissmeornot could get beaten in this final leg of the Matchmatcher Series. But I could not. Despite outside post this mare has been super sharp for trainer Rene Allard and can overcome post seven to take another leg before next weeks’ rich final. Use Krispy Apple and Ideal In Vegas in exotic plays. $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race FRIDAY – This is a great matchup of some real powerhouse mares who will again battle it out next week in the final. I am taking a shot with the P J Fraley Stable entry of Anndrovette/Shelliscape. They both need to be first or second to get into the final and thus need to race their hearts out and off recent weeks they have ability to surprise in here going against some of the best in the series. Use Somwherovrarainbow and Angels Delight in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 3rd race SATURDAY – Right now Modern Family is perhaps one of the best Open trotters in the country. Came back from a brief rest with an amazing 1:53.1 qualifying romp at Rosecroft Raceway and has been super sharp for trainer/driver Daryl Bier. Use Daylon Magician and Wind Of The North in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace Bobby Weiss Final 3 & 4YOs Pocono Downs 8th race SATURDAY – Series saw the best effort of the year for A Stitch In Time last start with an amazing lifetime mark of 1:49.2. Should be able to repeat provided he can overcome having to start from the far outside in post nine. Use Trys Little Prince and UF Rockin Dragon in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – After having his head handed to him in last two tries in the Levy Series, A J Corbelli smartly left Yonkers and comes to Pocono Downs where he drops and should pop from the rail. He was razor sharp before the series, even finished second in the opening round, but now should be able to handle this group and earn his keep. Use Abelard Hanover and Annieswesterncard in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race SATURDAY – With a week’s rest after winning a series leg, Apprentice Hanover draws into a tough but beatable division as he needs the points to insure a spot in the final next week so watch for him to be racing at his best. Use the Burke Stable entry of Clear Vision/Hillbilly Hanover and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $63,000 Pace Whata Baron Series Final Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – Most will side with Captive Audience here and perhaps should as he has been perfect in the series, undefeated in three starts and fresh as a daisy for the upcoming long season. But I am going with Wake Up Peter. Despite outside post he showed last week he can leave well enough to take command and hold on to the lead. In this case he may leave hard and get a two-hole trip where he can also score from. Use Captive Audience and Ontario Success in exotic plays. $34,000 Preferred Trot Woodbine 9th race SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of world class performer San Pail. $3.1 million career winner returns once again and looks to be back in shape. After two decent qualifying wins under his belt he should be ready for action and show his back class and his heels to his much younger rivals. Use Slip Into Glide and Zeus Lightning in exotic plays. $55,500 Final Artistic Vision Pacing Series Meadowlands  11th race SATURDAY – With a perfect season underway and 6 for 6, American In Paris should be at her best once again seeking to sweep the series in the final. Teamed with stablemate Art Ideal they look to be unbeatable in here. Use JK Letitgo and Road Bet in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – It’s the final preliminary division for the long series and Yonkers always saves the best for last. It’s Team Burke against four other poor souls. It’s the three-horse entry of Foiled Again/Special Forces/Easy Again. Win wagering and exacta only, no trifectas. With the way he has comeback this season Foiled Again should have little trouble remaining unbeaten in five starts. Use Mach It So and Word Power in exotic plays or sit this one out and just watch one of harness racing’s great performers do his thing.

TORONTO, February 6 - The always entertaining Randy Waples, a three-time O'Brien Award winner as the nation's outstanding driver, will be the guest on Woodbine Racing Live's pre-game show this Saturday, February 8, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Waples, 49, is quickly closing in on 6,000 career wins and currently has over $113 million earned as a driver. Some of his biggest triumphs include Thinking Out Loud's $1.5 million North America Cup victory in 2010 and guiding San Pail to three Maple Leaf Trot victories along with a Breeders Crown title. The Milton resident will join WEG's Greg Gangle and offer his thoughts on the 11-race program and much more. First race post time is slated for 7:25 p.m. by Greg Gangle for WEG    

Campbellville, ON --- San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner and Horse of the Year in 2011 in both Canada and the United States, returned to victory lane on Monday evening (Oct. 7) at Mohawk, following an extensive layoff. The 9-year-old trotting son of San Pellegrino, who was sidelined for more than a year with a right-hind ankle injury, captured the $32,980 Preferred Trot in his second start off the shelf in 1:53.1. The 52-time winner led from start to finish for driver Randy Waples through panels of :28, :56.4 and 1:24.4, before dashing away from his rivals in deep stretch to score the victory by one length. Knows Nothing (Jody Jamieson) finished second with Catch The Dream (Sylvain Filion) third. Trained by Rod Hughes for owners Glenn Van Camp and Hughes Stables Inc., San Pail now has $3,102,135 in career earnings. He paid $5.90 to win as the second choice. Videos of all races attached. San Pail's race is race 10. Submitted by WEG

Campbellville, October 7 - San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner, returned to the racetrack this past week following an extensive layoff. The nine-year-old trotting son of San Pellegrino was sidelined for over a year with a right-hind ankle injury following an August qualifier at Mohawk. In his seasonal debut, San Pail finished second behind Knows Nothing in the Preferred Trot. San Pail was beaten four and three quarter lengths and was timed in 1:55.4. "That was a good first start for him," trainer Rod Hughes said. "The fractions were very light and he finished up his mile very well. He's got the miles into him and time will tell how the leg holds up. "We don't have any real expectations for him," Hughes continued. "We're taking it week by week." The 51-time winner has been entered into the $34,000 Preferred Trot on Monday evening at the Campbellville oval. The classy trotter will begin from post six for regular pilot Randy Waples. "Randy was very happy with him following his race," said Hughes. "We gave him four qualifiers, but qualifying and racing are different. We didn't get the speed miles into him like in the past, but hopefully that will come." The multiple O'Brien Award winner has banked over $3-million in purse earnings for Hughes Stable Inc and Glenn Van Camp. He was voted Horse of the Year in 2011. The field for Monday's $34,000 Preferred Trot will line up as follows: 1) Windsong Geant 2) Catch The Dream 3) Slip Into Glide 4) Charlie Is A Joker 5) Burnin Money 6) San Pail 7) Knows Nothing by Greg Gangle for WEG  

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