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San Pail named Harness Horse of the Year

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Seven-year-old trotter San Pail has been named harness racing's 2011 Horse of the Year. The announcement came Sunday night by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at the annual Dan Patch Awards dinner.

Trained by co-owner Rod Hughes, San Pail was also voted Trotter of the Year as well as champion older male trotter. He finished atop the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll for 2011. San Pail captured 14 of 16 starts with two seconds for $1,289,000. His biggest wins in 2011 were the $766,500 Maple Leaf Trot and $600,000 Breeders Crown. The gelding was driven by Randy Waples.

The Dan Patch Award as Pacer of the Year went to Foiled Again who was already named older male pacer. Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. Trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again was driven by Yannick Gingras and won 14 of 28 starts in 2011 for $1.4 million. His major victories came in the $335,000 Quillen Memorial and $306,000 Molson.

The divisional Dan Patch Awards were announced in December.

The 2011 Dan Patch Award winners are:

Horse of the Year: San Pail

Pacer of the Year: Foiled Again

Trotter of the Year: San Pail

Two-year-old pacing colt: Sweet Lou

Two-year-old pacing filly: Economy Terror

Two-year-old trotting colt: Possess The Will

Two-year-old trotting filly: Check Me Out

Three-year-old pacing colt: Roll With Joe

Three-year-old pacing filly: See You At Peelers

Three-year-old trotting colt: Broad Bahn

Three-year-old trotting filly: Cedar Dove

Older male pacer: Foiled Again

Older female pacer: Anndrovette

Older male trotter: San Pail

Older female trotter: Action-Broadway

02/12 23:15:41 ET