Ron Pierce to drive at Mohawk on Tuesday

08:17 AM 17 Jun 2014 NZST
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Ron Pierce to drive at Mohawk on Tuesday

It is definitely not the norm to see Ron Pierce’s name down to drive on a Tuesday card at Mohawk Racetrack, but that will be the case this week.

With more than $200 million in purses won and 9,267 wins to date in his career, Ron Pierce is one of the elite drivers in harness racing. He’s won virtually all the major stakes races multiple times and was inducted in the Living Hall of Fame in 2005.

Based in New Jersey, Pierce makes forays often to Canada to race in Grand Circuit events, but he doesn’t usually compete in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program. That’s about to change this Tuesday.

The three-year-old trotting fillies will be contesting their first 2014 OSS Grassroots event in a half-dozen $18,000 divisions at Mohawk and Pierce is listed to drive in three. The reason behind this unusual move can be found in the name of the trainer of two of the fillies he’s driving, his wife Therese, who began her training career earlier this year. She has a strong background in the sport, having worked for several top trainers including Stefan Melander in her native Sweden. Melander is best known in North America for winning the Hambletonian with Scarlet Knight.

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