Day At The Track

Ron Pierce has been adjusting his horizons

03:00 AM 05 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Sixth in a series of articles about the Top Ten drivers of 2013, the vehicles they use in commuting from track to track, and other topics of relevant current interest.

Ron Pierce may think that his racetrack career is "starting to wind down a little," but seeing as he may be the most widely-traveled horseman of modern times, his definition of "winding down" may not be quite the same as most people's.

Among the top drivers in Macau (Asia), California, and Minnesota before competing with success at many stops along the East Coast over the last (quite a few) years, to Pierce "winding down" is being the only one of the Top Ten drivers of last year to have won 100 races at three different tracks and 50 races at four different tracks.

"Winding down" means putting "about 90,000 miles" on his Lexus 460 last year."Well, I drove only about 85% of the time," Pierce noted. "My wife (Therese) sometimes comes with me, and she probably drove the rest of the time."

Ron Pierce is not a person to "stay in a groove" for years at a time - he adapts his racing strategy to the individual contest and what is required to win, and he adapts the racetracks at which he campaigns to those that prove the most lucrative to him. You may have heard about his recent switching of weekend base across the Hudson River, "and I might be there earlier in the week, too," Pierce added.

"I will race at Dover Downs on Thursdays, because it is the day they concentrate their features. After that, I haven't totally formed my strategy - we'll look at what developments there are at the Chester track, which races during the day. And I did very well at Pocono last year (152 wins, only behind his total at Harrah's Philadelphia)."

There is one day on his schedule, though, about which Pierce has no question. "I take Tuesdays off," he says flatly. "You have to get away from the track once in a while, take care of your family and be with them. On Tuesdays I work around the horse, fix things or do whatever projects need to be done, and then every Tuesday night I take my wife out to dinner, and then maybe to a movie."

If --- IF -- Ron Pierce is considering moderating his schedule (and many racetracks rivals would not mind seeing that at all), it sounds like he's making Tuesdays serve as his "transitional days." Keeps the missus happy, too - now that's a good long-term strategy.

Driver                                            Total Wins          Tracks                          Track Wins

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* - won $100,000 or richer race at this track

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