08/11/2014 2:05PM

Pierce's old-school training approach benefits Up With the Birds


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Malcolm Pierce smokes. You can hear it in his raspy voice beneath the heavy Canadian accent. He’ll shake a cigarette out of a pack while sitting on his pony in front of the Fair Grounds clocker’s stand during the winter, watching his stock go around. Contemporary attitudes stamp smoking as archaic. Fine. Pierce, 57, is that kind of old school.