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We Will See captures Canadian Pacing Derby

September 03, 2011

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Ron Pierce won his first-ever Canadian Pacing Derby final Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, capturing the $832,000 event with the 7-5 favorite We Will See. Moving off cover in the final turn, We Will See had just enough left to hold off the late-rallying Won The West and driver David Miller by a long nose in a stakes-record 1:47.4.
While Atochia had the lead at the opening quarter of :26 for Andy Miller, it was the Yannick Gingras-driven Foiled Again who rushed past his stablemate down the backstretch and cleared at the :53.4 half. Jody Jamieson sent Art Professor on a first-over mission and it appeared he may clear the front from Foiled Again, but that pacer dug back in and kept his rival at bay on the outside.
At that point Pierce had moved from sixth into the second-over position behind Art Professor, and as that one gave way around the final turn and at the 1:20.1 three quarters, sent his charge wide to take aim at the leading Foiled Again. In midstretch he was able to edge past the front-runner but then as the wire approached Won The West came flying fast. The finish line came just in time for Foiled Again as he held off the defending Canadian Pacing Derby winner, with Foiled Again and Atochia finishing third and fourth, respectively, and giving trainer Ron Burke a sweep of places two, three and four.
"It was setting up real nice," Pierce answered afterward of his thoughts while sitting second-over into fast fractions. "The wire came just at the right time."
Sam DePinto trains the We Will See, a 4-year-old son of Western Hanover who finished second in last year's $1 million North America Cup as a 3 year old. The win was the nith of the year for We Will See, who is owned by Shannon DePinto, Earl Smith and Jerry Silva. The victory also increased his career earnings to more than $1.93 million.
Anndrovette and driver Tim Tetrick won the $100,000 A Spring Of Hope Invitational Pace for older mares in 1:50. Rock N Soul finished second for Gingras with Maureen Rocks and Scott Zeron third. Heavily favored Dreamfair Eternal saw her three-race win streak come to a half when she finished ninth.
Leaving from post seven, Tetrick was able to work his way to the lead with Anndrovette before the opening quarter of :26.3 and the 4-year-old daughter of Riverboat King led the rest of the distance to post her seventh win of the year in 14 starts. The effort also brought her career earnings past the $1 million mark for owners Jeffrey Bamond and Joseph Davino. Anndrovette is trained by Mark Kesmodel.
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