Updated: Jan 17

Ole Nielsen was a kid in Edmonton collecting pop bottles in the ditch to get $2 to go to Northlands Park to bet on a horse when his Canadian Derby dream began.

The 74-year-old figures he was about 14 at the time.

Sixty years later he finally won the race after thinking he’d lost it when his three-year-old Explode ridden by Amadao Perez and trained by Mark Cloutier finished second in a photo-finish to the Dane Nelson-ridden Journeyman in the mile and an eighth 90th running of the race.

But the Stewards ruled Explode had been blocked, as he clearly was, down the stretch and made the second favorite to overwhelming choice Final Jeopardy, the winner and dropped the 7-to-1 Journeyman into the place position.

Nielsen, after all these years in horse racing, called it the absolute highlight dream day of his career. Terry Jones National Post 2019


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