04/10/2002 11:00PM

Oaklawn: Explicit all the way

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Explicit handily won the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn Park by 3 1/4 lengths on Thursday. Entepreneur finished second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of third-place finisher Junior Deputy.

Explicit ($4) took the lead shortly after the break in the six-furlong race, and set fractions of 21.60 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.40 seconds for the half while under pressure from Junior Deputy.

Exlicit rebuffed stretch bids by Entepreneur and Junior Deputy, and went on to cover the distance over a fast track in 1:08.60.

Last month, Explicit and Entepreneur finished one-two in the $150,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup at Fair Grounds.

Jockey Lonnie Meche rode Explicit for trainer Ian Jory. He earned $90,000 for the win, which improved his record to five wins from 22 starts and earnings of $413,190.