One of North America’s top trotters, San Pail, heads a field of seven aged trotters at Vernon Downs this Friday evening in the $218,000 Credit Winner.
San Pail, a 7-year-old son of San Pelligrino-Village Beauty-Balanced Image has won nine of 11 races this year and earned $757,500 in seasonal monies for trainer Rod Hughes, who owns the horse in partnership with breeder Glenn Van Camp.
On Aug. 6 San Pail won the $300,000 Nat Ray Invitational at The Meadowlands by 1-1/4 lengths over Arch Madness in 1:50.4. Two weeks before, on July 23, he captured the $766,500 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Raceway by three lengths over that same rival in a stakes-record 1:51.1.
Since May 2009, San Pail has won 31 of 40 races and finished worse than second only four times. His career earnings now stand at $2,356,606.
The Credit Winner field also includes Il Villaggio, who is coming off a 1:53 win in the $215,000 Pride in Progress Stakes at Indiana Downs, and 2009 division champion Lucky Jim.
Three-time divisional champion and three-time Ohio Horse of the Year Buck I St Pat leads a field of eight trotting mares in the $164,000 Muscle Hill, on that same Vernon program. Also in the field are Armbro Flight winner Action-Broadway and Perretti Farms Matchmaker winner Jersey As.
Following is the Credit Winner field in post position order, with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Define The World, Paul MacDonell, John Bax; 2. San Pail, Randy Waples, Rod Hughes; 3. Hot Shot Blue Chip, David Miller, Jonas Czernyson; 4. All Cantab, TBA, Blair Burgess; 5. Take My Picture, David Miller, Nikolas Drennan; 6. Il Villaggio, Jody Jamieson, Burgess; 7. Pembroke Prayer, Yannick Gingras, Mark Ford; 8. Lucky Jim, David Miller, Erv Miller.
Following is the Muscle Hill field in post position order, with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Action-Broadway, Brian Sears, Virgil Morgan Jr.; 2. Jersey As, Randy Waples, Anette Lorentzon; 3. Pembroke Heat Wave, Yannick Gingras, Mark Ford; 4. Buck I St Pat, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 5. Autumn Escapade, David Miller, Jonas Czernyson; 6. Ginger Tree Wanda, TBA, Doreen Dailey; 7. Sea Raven, TBA, Kay Gannon; 8. Yursa Hanover, David Miller/John Campbell, Czernyson.