12-1 Pieraz upsets Duc Dorleans at Hippodrome 3R

10:07 AM 12 May 2014 NZST
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Pierre Leclerc, harness racing
Pierre Leclerc trains and co-owns Pieraz

In a classic dogfight for control of the lead, Pieraz, a 12-1 long shot, parked out 1/9 favorite, track record holder Duc Orleans and went on to win the feature pace at Hippodrome 3R Sunday.

Racing fans were able to witness as driver Sylvain Glacalle sent Pieraz to the early lead with DG’s Woodstock (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the two-hole spot and Duc Dorleans parked first-over for driver Frances Picard. They raced that way through the opening quarter panel in :28.1.

The dogfight continued with Duc Dorleans sticking his head out for the lead at the half mile marker in :57, but Pieraz would not let him pass by and by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, Pieraz held a head advantage over Duc Dorleans as they rounded the final turn and headed for home.

As they came down the stretch, Pieraz started to move away and DG’s Woodstock was ready to mount a challenge but went off-stride and caused minor interference with Duc Dorleans but it was too late to make a difference as Pieraz coasted to the wire an easy winning by four open lengths in 1:55.1.

Duc Dorleans held for second place with Onyx V A (Mario Charron) third. 
It was the first win in four starts this year for Pieraz. An eight-year-old gelded 
son of Bolero Master, Pieraz is trained and co-owned by Pierre Leclerc with Gina 
Bragegnolo of Louiseville,Quebec City. He paid $26.20 to win.
After just two days into the 2014 race meet, the Hippodrome 3R is now boasting some 
of the highest win prices in horse racing. The average win price after 21 races is 
$14.50 and in 21 races there have only been three betting favorite that have won.
From the Quebec Jockey Clubs
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