Ole Nielsen's Explode stretched his winning streak to four races in a row on Sunday, elevated to first place after the disqualification of Journeyman due to interference in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Century Mile Racetrack. The 3-year-old son of Trappe Shot, ridden by Amadeo Perez for trainer Mark Cloutier, completed 1 1/4 miles over the fast main track in 2:01.52.
Journeyman and Explode were near the pace and the pair overwhelmed front-runner Sharp Dressed at the half-mile pole. Journeyman held the advantage around the far turn by a length, but Explode cut the margin to a neck on his outside by the head of the lane. The pair battled down the stretch together, but Journeyman drifted out late and bumped with Explode.
Though Journeyman crossed the wire a neck in front, an objection and subsequent inquiry resulted in the stewards' decision to disqualify him for interference and name Explode the official winner.
Bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings Limited, Explode is out of the winning Kingmambo mare Light Blow, making him a half-brother to the stakes-placed-in-Britain 5-year-old Light of Joy (Kitten's Joy). The colt was a $2,500 weanling at the Keeneland November sale, then did not achieve his reserve as a yearling when bidding stopped at $11,974 at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale. A winner of six of his 10 starts, Explode now boasts earnings of $210,342.
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