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Canadian Derby second for Journeyman


Journeyman was demoted to second by the stewards for causing interference in the 10-furlong G3 Canadian Derby on dirt at Century Mile, Canada, on Sunday, 18 August.

The three-year-old son of Animal Kingdom, making his Pattern debut for trainer Eoin Harty, was slightly impeded leaving the stalls but soon recovered to race in third on the outside of the field after the first quarter-mile.

He moved up to hit the front under Dane Nelson with three furlongs left and was challenged for the lead by Explode at the top of the straight.

Journeyman held on gamely to pass the post a neck in front, but drifted out into Explode throughout the final furlong and a half, making contact several times as the duo pulled clear of the field. Following an objection by Explode’s jockey, the stewards reversed the first two placings.

 Eoin Harty said: “Obviously, it is disappointing to get demoted in the stewards’ room but Journeyman has run another fantastic race.

“He is a nice horse and I am hoping to take him to Kentucky Downs for the Dueling Grounds Derby (Listed, 1m 2f 110y, Sunday, 8 September). I think he prefers racing on turf, so he could well head there providing he comes out of this race in good shape."