Page 10 - November 2019 Thoroughbred Highlight
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Trainer Malcolm Pierce Retires
Malcolm Pierce has been driving through the stable gates at Woodbine for 38 years. Next month that daily drive through those gates will come to an end as he and his wife Sally are of cially retiring from the game.
Born in Ireland, Malcolm Pierce has been in Canada since age two growing up in the Newmarket, Aurora area. He began riding with Moffat Dunlap who
would eventually introduce him to fellow Canadian Equestrian Team mate Jim Day. One spring Malcolm decided to give the racetrack a try and began exercising horses at Woodbine. He never left.
Malcolm became the Assistant Trainer for Jim Day who was training the horses of Ernie Samuel’s Sam- Son Farm. He had spent thirteen years with Jim Day before trainer Mark Frostad took over the Sam-Son Farm horses. Malcolm remained as Assistant for Mark for three years until going out on his own as a trainer in 1997.
Malcolm and Sally met before coming to the racetrack and the now married couple teamed up as trainer and assistant trainer and starting out south of the border in that  rst year.
Malcolm of cially saddled his  rst winner, Wild French Knights, on January 15, 1998 at the Fairgrounds in Louisiana followed by a second winner
in his next start January 24 with Cruzin West both for owner Gary and Mary West Stables Inc. Windways Farm’s Victor Cooley was the  rst stakes winner for Malcolm winning the $175,000 Pelleteri Breeders’ Cup Handicap on March 22 at the Fairgrounds.
Malcolm would record 20 wins - 17 seconds and 14 thirds in his 101 starts that year racing at Fair Grounds, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park, Delaware Park, Meadowlands, and Belmont Park.
A model of progression, Malcolm would grow his success year upon year breaching the $1 million mark in earnings in his third season. He recorded his best career year in 2009. The horses he trained that year won 53 races and earned more than $3.4 million.
He had winners at the Fairgrounds, Keeneland and Woodbine including stakes winners Mullins Beach (La Voyageuse, Ontario Damsel) El Brujo (Achievement, Queenston, G3 Kentucky Cup Sprint, G3 Perryville) Sterwins (G3 Connaught Cup) Points of Grace
(G2 Dance Smartly, River Memories) Double Malt (Passing Mood, Eternal Search, Le Prevoyante) Carem Crescent (Duchess, Jammed Lovely) Sterwins (With Approval) and Much Obliged (Blushing K.D. Handicap).
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Malcolm and Sally Pierce with their 20 year-old pony Jack (a.k.a Sir Fleet) at Woodbine
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