Back With Sam-Son, Pierce Hopes the Queen’s Plate is His Race to Win

“There are no second acts,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, “in American lives.”

If the relationship between Sam-Son Farm and Malcolm Pierce is any indication, though, Fitzgerald’s oft-quoted words do not, it seems, apply to Canadians.

In 1988, when Sam-Son won the first of the farm’s five Queen’s Plates, Pierce worked at the farm as an assistant trainer to Jim Day; he was still there three years later when Dance Smartly gave the farm the second victory, en route to becoming the only filly to win the Canadian Triple Crown.

And now, after being away from Sam-Son since the 1990’s, Pierce is back with the farm and back to the Queen’s Plate, saddling two runners and hoping to add to Sam-Son’s legacy in Canada’s most prestigious race.

Read more at Woodbine’s Queen Plate site

3 thoughts on “Back With Sam-Son, Pierce Hopes the Queen’s Plate is His Race to Win

  1. Hi, Teresa,

    Congrats on winning the Canadian gig. Your writing merits stories farther afield and I look forward to English and French by-lines before long.

  2. Thanks very much to Keith McCalmont at Woodbine for asking me to do this — what a pleasure it was to learn about Sam-Son and its history.

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