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.
If you are wondering why the fields in the V75 gold division are so poor at the moment, then a quick look at the Vincennes undercard is revealing. If you've got the horsepower, why run around in Halmstad for 33,800 euros gold division money when you can race at Vincennes in the Prix de l'Ille, a sprint over 2100m against France's lesser lights for 105,000 euros. France's big guns are preparing for the Prix'd'Amerique (1,000,000 euros), the Prix Cornullier (700,000 euros), and the swag of group ones like the Criterium des Jeunes (240,000 euros) and two races, worth 120,000 plus - the group two Prix du Calvados monte on the same day is worth 150,000 euros. Simples really. So a top horse like Frederik B Larsson's Caballion , a group two winner in Sweden, will make a beeline for Vincennes at this time of year, where he is joining the likes of Grand Pris de l'UET winner Kadett C.D,, Swedish Travderby winner Pato in the series Winter Series, and V75 gold division heavyweights Maxwell Mayday and Global Manhattan. Swedish trainer Robert Bergh has V75 regular You Bet Hornline entered in the race, while many Scandinavian owners will transfer their horses to top French stables, so you see the likes of Beckman with Fabrice Souloy and Denmark's Partout Simoni with Sebastien Guarato. Indeed, Beckman, a son of Swedish stallion Turbo Sund, is the early second favourite after three good wins in a row at Vincennes including the Prix Constant Hervieu on Christmas Day. Only problem is that the French lesser lights can be French champions on the rise. A quick look at the Prix d'lIlle illumini has a certain Royal Dream (last season's Prix d'Amerique winner) as a recent graduate - in a 2012 race in which US bound Swedish star Sebastian K ran eighth - with two other top Swedes Look MP second, and Oracle sixth. Last season's winner was Triode de Felliere who has set this year's Winter Series alight with a win in the Prix de Bourbonnais and a gallant second in this week's Prix de Bourgogne. Or they are the geldings that are not eligible for the big races, the likes of recently retired superstar Rapide Lebel, or Thierry Duvaldestin's well performed French gelding Swedishman the winner of more than 500,000 euros, who is third favourite on the early markets. The early favourite is from the T-generation, which is really coming to the fore in this Winter Series, Talicia Bella. Jean-Paul Marmion's daughter of General du Pommeau has been gradually brought through the ranks, and has only made one group two appearance, in the Prix des Ducs de Normandie in May, in which two of the favourites for this year's Prix d'Amerique, Texas Charm and Royal Dream went one-two. She beat Caballion into second place in the Prix du Languedoc at Vincennes in mid November, and has had a second and a win since. PRIX DE LILLE Vincennes 2014-01-05 Group III 2100m â‚¬ 105 000 1 Swedishman (8g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Talicia Bella (7m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 3 Caballion (8h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Fredrik B Larsson 4 Roc de Montfort (9h Vivier de Montfort - Kerla de Montfort) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Guarato 5 Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz - Flora Castelets) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 You Bet Hornline (8h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 7 Sancho du Glay (8h First de Retz - Madame Benoit) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Sogo (8g Baccarat du Pont - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Partout Simoni (7h Jag de Bellouet - Axie Fair) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Trinite des Vals (7m Carpe Diem - Lueur Gede) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Yves Jean Le Bezvoet 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 12 Quel Chef (10g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 13 Sage de Gueriniere (8g Ganymede - Haldane) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 14 Un Amour d'Haufor (6h Love You - Glamour d'Haufor Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 15 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 16 Querios du Mirel (10g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel Michel Bizoux Anders Lindqvist by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com
Two foreign-bred horses head the field for the group two E3 Revanshen at Romme, Sweden on Friday evening. Finnish Derby winner Express Duo will attempt to translate his compelling form in both Finland and Norway into a group two win in the tougher Swedish E3 series. Pekka Korpi's son of Express It has won 13 of his 22 starts in three countries, including the Finnish Breeders Crown title, and a third placing in Norway's international group one Ulf Thoresen Minneslop. He has competed three times already in Sweden, with a fifth placing in the E3 Sprint semifinal and then a win in the consolation race. He also ran second in a reasonably strong field at Jagersro, which had the likes of group one winners Rod Stewart (Ulf Thorensen Minnelop) and Mellby Briolet (E3 Fillies Langa) trailing him home. With more than 2 million SEK (234K euros) in the bank he has up to 10 times the earnings of most of these, and with a top time of (1.12.4kr, 1.56.3MR) he is a good second quicker than all but a couple. However he will face stiff competition from Denmark-bred colt Tumble Dust who is trained in Sweden by Tomas Malmqvist at Jagersro and was a group two winner as a 2YO in Sweden with a victory in the Svampen at Orebro last year. The son of US-domiciled Crazed has competed well as a 3YO at top level all over Scandinavia headed by a second in the group one UET 3YO Championship in Bjerke Norway and a third in the group one Danish Trav Kriterium at Charlottenlund. Tumble Dust has also competed with distinction in the major races on the E3 calendar, with a second in the E3 Langa at Eskilstuna and a third in the E3 Sprint final at Orebro, and with a record of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR) has the fastest time in the field. The best of the local hopes is Daniel Reden's Call Me Keeper who has seven minor victories for 367,000 SEK and has a best time of 1.12.7 (1.57MR). One of those wins was in a semifinal of the Swedish Breeders Crown but he broke in the final. But perhaps the one who is bred to win this is the son of a former winner of this race Tigger, a fine racemare whose record of 15 wins includes the group one E3 Sprint. Her son B.B. Tigger, by the promising Swedish sire Going Kronos (who won the E3 Langa in a stellar career which earned the equivalent of a US 1million and a record of 1.52.2), is trained by Bjorn Goop. B.B Tigger has won two of his eight starts but made the final of the Swedish Breeders Crown where finished sixth, so has raced in top company. E3 REVANSCHEN Romme 06/12/13 SE (G2) Int Romme 2 140m 3YO c/g 70 000 1 Potemkin (3c R.C.Royalty - For Heavens Saki) Dr: Ulf Eriksson Tr: Robert Bergh 2 VÃ¤sterbo Fantast (3c Mr Pine Chip - Fassia L.B. ) Dr: Kajsa Frick Tr: Kajsa Frick 3 Call Me Keeper (3c Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr: Daniel RedÃ©n Tr: Daniel RedÃ©n 4 Bearhawaii (3g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Svante BÃ¥th 5 Express Duo (FIN) (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Pekka Korpi 6 B.B.Tigger (3c Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr: BjÃ¶rn Goop Tr: BjÃ¶rn Goop 7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Bandit Hornline (3c San Pellegrino - Dash Girl) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh Dave Sanders
The UET Masters Series, resumes after a week’s break and Commander Crowe head a top quality field in the CL Mullers Memorial, a Group II international and one of two Masters Series events at Jagersro, Sweden this weekend. Commander Crowe will be attempting to win his third CL Mullers Memorial, a race that has been an every-present on the Swedish calendar since the 1920s. Fabrice Souloy’s brilliant chestnut won in 2008 and 2009 but that was his last appearance in the 2640m staying race (approximately 1 mile and five-eighths), which has been dominated in recent years by horses with at last some French blood in their pedigrees. Last year’s winner Quarcio du Chene is by Capriccio, 2011’s winner Yellow Eden was by Duc de Bossis, Maharajah the 2010 winner has French blood on his damside. Commander Crowe (himself by Juliano Star) followed four other winners with French sirelines in Arras (Echo), Garros (Coktail Jet), Spring Ray (Gentle Star) and Insert Gede (Jet du Vivier). The last horse of American-bloodlines was the Sugarcane stallion E.V. Cane in 2003. Commander Crowe, although in the last couple of months of his 10-year-old season, has been in good form recently, with a second in the final of the Lotteria a fortnight ago after winning his heat at the re-scheduled Grand Masters event at Agnano, Naples. He will be driven by top driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The Commander will face recently crowned Swedish champion On Track Piraten, who was a surprise winner of the Swedish Masterskap race at Aby, also a fortnight ago. He will be driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Hans Stromberg. Yarrah Boko, the Norwegian owned and trained son of Coktail Jet was second in that event and Trond Anderssen’s star lines up again here in his third attempt at the race and has the pole position. Johnny Johansson’s V75 King Harry Haythrow, who has drawn two, and Fredrik Larsson’s honest campaigner Caballion are others with a good chance of picking up a decent proportion of the stake. Anders Svanstedt will be in the bike for his dad Ake Svanstedt’s King Conch gelding New Line as the current leading trainer continues his long goodbye to his homeland before his depature to the States next week. C.L.MÜLLERS MEMORIAL Jägersro 2013-10-26 Group II Int 2 640 all 110 000 1 Yarrah Boko (h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Trond Anderssen 2 Harry Haythrow (g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Johnny Johansson 3 Winning Love(h Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr: Åke Lindblom Tr: Åke Lindblom 4 Obi-Wan (h Ganymede - Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr: Flemming Jensen Tr: Flemming Jensen 5 You Bet Hornline (h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 6 Caballion (h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr: Fredrik B Larsson Tr: Fredrik B Larsson 7 New Line (g King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Anders Svanstedt Tr: Åke Svanstedt 8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux – Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Strömberg 9 Commander Crowe (g Juliano Star – Somack) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Fabrice Souloy 10 Haraldinho (g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Marcus M Melander Tr: Catarina Lundström Dave Sanders
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
The featured V75 Gold division final at Solvalla on Saturday is the Frances Bulwarks Lopp which also counts as a leg of the Masters Series and has seen a very accomplished field qualify for this final. Norway’s Yarrah Boko is an undisputed star in his adopted homeland with a raft of international wins in France, Norway and Sweden. He is undefeated in 2013 which started with a win in the prestigious Prix de Belgique at Vincennes in the beginning of the year, where he defeated Royal Dream, a couple of weeks before he won the Prix d’Amerique. The Swedish-bred son of French supersire Coktail Jet and top producing US mare Big Blue Kitten then went off to stud before returning to racing in July, and has not been beaten since with two wins in Norway followed by an eye-catching win in the Uno Sweds Minneslopp in Farjestad a fortnight ago over this very distance where he beat Harry Haythrow and You Bet Hornline who also made the final. Trond Anderssen’s star can win from a mile to two miles as his record of 34 wins in 75 show for earnings of 9.6million SEK or €670,000. His best time over the sprint distance is 1’09”7 (1.52.1MR) and he will be tough to beat from the one pole in the hands of Ulf Ohlsson Yarrah Boko was second in the Swedish TravDerby in his year as was rising Swedish star Panne de Moteur, who was going for four in a row until beaten last start in the V75 qualifier by Ake Svanstedt’s New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch in Bollnas. Panne de Moteur ‘s previous loss was in a qualifier of a previous V75 series, to Monster Drive and Harry Haythrow, but he came back to win the final convincingly in Hagmyren and then backed that up with victory in the Group I Jubileumspokalen, where beat none other than Sebastian K and Save The Quick. Stefan Hultman’s star for the publicly owned Travkompaniets Stall (stable) will be primed for this. Another former age-group star is Kadett CD who won the Grand Prix de l’UET - which is one of the features the following day at Solvalla - in his year defeating the two French stars Timoko and The Best Madrik. He followed that up a month later with Breeders Crown triumph but it would be fair to say that Robert Bergh’s charge has not reached the heights of the French stars since with only two more victories in the past two seasons. But he has been mixing stud duties and he did come out of that season this year with a win in June, and he has been in the money the past three outings. Magic Tonight is a US import in the Roger Walmann stable and has had two wins and two seconds in six European starts. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall beat a good field of four year-olds including last year’s E3 winner Standout in the Fyraåringsstjärnan last start recently but this is a big step up for one so young. Iceland is a former Elitloppet winner but hasn’t had a win since May last year, and the veteran son of Scarlet Knight hasn’t been in the top three in his last 16 starts. He’s got ace Johnny Takter in the cart and he will need all of his experience and more than a little luck to win this. Former 3YO Breeders Crown winner Perfectly Enough is trained by Stig Johansson but struggling to make an impression in the elite grades so far, while Monster Drive, Harry Haythrow and You Bet Hornline are tough old journeymen, but will need luck to get more than a share of this. FRANCES BULWARKS LOPP Solvalla 2140m (G2) Int Open €115 000 1 Yarrah Boko (NOR) (8h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Trond Anderssen 2 Monster Drive (7h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Perfectly Enough (5h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 4 Magic Tonight (4h Andover Hall - Miss Possessed) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Roger Walmann 5 Panne de Moteur (5h Credit Winner - Jalopy) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Hultman 6 Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr: Kenneth Haugstad Tr: Johnny Johansson 7 Kadett C.D. (6h Scarlet Knight - Kiss of Life) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 8 New Line (8g King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr: Åke Svanstedt 9 Iceland (9h Scarlet Knight - Grandezza Ri) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Stefan Melander 10 You Bet Hornline (7h San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Robert Bergh Dave Sanders
Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), winner of the 2013 Elitloppet, maintained his superb form to win today's Norrbottens Stora Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, purse 199,500 euro) at Boden.
San Pail, a three-time winner of the Maple Leaf Trot and Canada's Horse of the Year in 2011, hasn't posted a pari-mutuel start since last April, but is travelling smoothly along the road to recovery.
Trot Insider has learned that San Pail, harness racing's reigning Horse of the Year in both Canada and the U.S., will not race again in 2012.
San Pail, who was sidelined due to injury earlier this season, will be returning to the racetrack in a couple of weeks, according to harness racing trainer Rod Hughes. The three-time defending Maple Leaf Trot winner was unable to defend his title this year.
By now it's no secret: three-time winner of the Maple Leaf Trot, San Pail (San Pellegrino-Village Beauty) will not be back to defend his title for a fourth consecutive try on July 21.
San Pail, the three-time defending Maple Leaf Trot winner, will not line up behind the starting gate in the 2012 edition on July 21 at Mohawk, according to harness racing trainer Rod Hughes.
Trotting titan San Pail, who last raced April 23 at Woodbine, is set to qualify this Friday at Mohawk, according to harness racing trainer Rod Hughes. A winner of $3,076,635, San Pail will look for his fourth straight Maple Leaf Trot title on July 21 at the Campbellville oval.
A jump up in class, didn't seem to bother High Jingo, a five-year-old Angus Hall gelding out of the San Pellegrino mare Elena, as he won the $10,000 harness racing open trot in 1:59.3, for owners John W. Wagner and Lisa Lederhouse, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (May 4).
After making his 2012 harness racing debut a winning one last week, San Pail returned to victory lane in the second leg of the Glorys Comet Series on Saturday evening at Woodbine.