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Faces at the Races: Don Schnell

Trainer Don Schnell is coming off a career year in 2017 with $475,012 in purse earnings, but it was even better than that for the 64-year-old veteran horseman from Alberta, who has now compiled a record of 845-757-754 from 5,020 starts and purse earnings of $5,942,314. Schnell just missed the elusive triple crown trainer title at Assiniboia Downs for the second year in a row in 2017. He also had the pleasure of training star filly Escape Clause to win eight of 11 starts including seven stakes and a runner-up finish in the Manitoba Derby. Although he has been cleaning up in both the Manitoba-bred and open stakes at Assiniboia Downs for the past three years, the last time Schnell went on a serious roll with a horse as good as Escape Clause was when he saddled Majestic Horizon to win seven stakes including the Alberta Derby in 1990. Majestic…

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