One to watch: Chez Pierre
Chez Pierre had won in each of his first four starts. It was in his fifth, though, that he gave notice that me might be about to become a serious racehorse.
Under jockey Daniel Centeno, the four-year-old Chez Pierre tackled a short but solid field in Laurel Park’s Henry S. Clark Stakes, one that included multiple graded stakes winner Field Pass and two other turf stakes winners. No matter: Chez Pierre burst away from his rivals in upper stretch and earned a dominant, 5 1/2-length victory.
- Six Midlantic-breds among Triple Crown nomsAmong the 369 three-year-olds nominated to the Triple Crown series of races kicking off with the Kentucky Derby, six were bred in the Mid-Atlantic.
Chez Pierre has won all five of his starts. The first three came in France. Shifted into Arnaud Delacour’s barn, he won an allowance at Tampa Bay Downs in March in his first U.S. outing before romping home in the Henry S. Clark, a race in which he traveled the last quarter-mile in the one-mile turf affair in 23.31 seconds.
Five-for-five in his career, Chez Pierre has earned $126,416.
Chez Pierre was bred in France by SCEA des Prairies & Ecurie de Castillon. He’s a four-year-old gelding by the Irish-bred Mehmas out of the Orpen mare Hortensia.
Delacour trains Chez Pierre for Lael Stables.
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