San Pail 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 in purse money.
He was a winner of O’Brien Awards and Dan Patch Awards as Canada’s Horse of the Year and Older Trotting Horse of the Year in 2011; he was also Dan Patch Award as Trotter of the Year in 2011.
He won the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse of the Year (2009, 2010), and was inducted into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame (2012) and was named Equine Canada’s Canadian Bred Horse of the Year in 2011.
His major Canadian Stake Victories included: being a three time winner of the Maple Leaf Trot (2009-2011), winning a leg and final of the Glorys Comet in 2011; winning legs of the Glorys Comet in 2010 and 2012.
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 his first 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.
San Pail joined SC’s I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club as one of the Faces of Racing in May of 2011 and helped to promote harness racing at many racing and non-racing events. His popularity resonated across the country and generated mainsteam media attention for harness racing while developing a huge fan following that hadn’t been seen since the days of Cam Fella.