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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

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.

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  

For all the harness racing fans that have been itching to see San Pail make his 2013 pari-mutuel debut, your wait will be over in mere days. The entries for Mohawk Racetrack’s Monday, September 30 program of live racing have been released, and San Pail (PP3, Randy Waples) and Intimidate (PP4, Sylvain Filion) are scheduled to go mano-a-mano in the $34,000 Preferred Trot (Race 2, 7:45 p.m.), which is set to host a field of six starters. The multiple stakes and O’Brien Award winning San Pail has prepped for Monday’s test by gearing up in four consecutive qualifying races, the last three of which were victories. The career winner of 51 starts and over $3-million in purses is trained by Rod Hughes and owned by Glenn Van Camp of Port Perry, Ont. and Hughes Stable Inc. of Dunsford, Ont. "We went four qualifiers instead of speed," Hughes recently told Trot Insider. "Instead of coming out and trying to crack off a mile in :53 or :54 with a blistering last quarter we took the route of putting the conditioning to him. If the speed is there, it's going to be there. We don't need to prove it in a qualifier." Fellow O’Brien Award winner Intimidate is in the midst of another standout campaign for trainer Luc Blais. The four-year-old son of Justice Hall has won six of his seven starts this season and is riding a four-race win streak. Intimidate was bred and is owned by Blais (of Lochaber Ouest, Que.) and Judith Farrow (Hemmingford, Que.). The field will be rounded out by Take My Picture (PP1, Jack Moiseyev), Windsong Geant (PP2, Rick Zeron), Knows Nothing (PP5, Jody Jamieson) and P L Daley (PP6, Keith Oliver). Mohawk’s first race on Monday will roll behind the gate at 7:25 p.m. To view the harness racing entries for Monday at Mohawk, click the following link: Monday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca

ELORA, ON - A hefty lineup of activities at Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration this Monday afternoon (Aug. 5) includes three special presentations. Trainer Carmen Auciello will kick off the afternoon from a familiar place (the winner's circle) but for a different reason. The multi-talented horseman will sing the Canadian and American anthems at the beginning of the Industry Day broadcast at 1:00. There is a small caveat, though: Auciello's wife Ashley is expecting the couple's second child on August 5. Should their bundle arrive on-time, fans will have to settle for an instrumental version of Oh! Canada. Standardbred Canada will make a special presentation to Canadian Sportsman assistant editor, Lauren Lee after race six. Lee will receive an International Media Award in the Best Magazine Article category, as announced at the 2013 World Trotting Conference held in Paris, France earlier this summer. All Hail The Pail was published in the August 5, 2011 edition of The Canadian Sportsman and tells the story of San Pail and the impact he made on trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes' life and family. Lauren also won Standardbred Canada's 2011 Media Excellence award for this story. Following race seven, Grand River Raceway and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame will salute Carl Jamieson, who will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame on August 15. Jamieson is a five-time winning trainer of the Battle Of Waterloo. The Rockwood, ON horseman won the race every other year from the inaugural edition (at Elmira Raceway) in 1998 through 2006. In 2000, he trained the top three finishers: C T Rocket, Warrawee Caesar and Futurestarkillean. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first dash is 1:30. The all-stakes card includes consolations and finals for the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles, plus seven divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies in the Grassroots Series of the Ontario Sires Stakes. For complete event details. Kelly Spencer  

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.

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.

Knows Nothing remains unbeaten in his harness racing career as he found the winner's circle once again in the $50,000 Tie Silk Series final on Thursday evening at Woodbine.

Woodbine is offering a stakes-filled harness racing card this Saturday and on one of the biggest standardbred programmes so far this year, racing fans will be treated to a trio of top-notch stakes finals.

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.

San Pail, the 2011 harness racing 'Horse of the Year' on both sides of the border, notched his 50th career win in 1:52.1 in the lone division of the opening leg of the Glorys Comet Series at Woodbine. With the victory, the son of San Pellegrino-Village Beauty surpassed $3 million in career earnings.

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

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