by Evan Pattak
WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 27, 2020 — He’d had only two lifetime drives, neither a win, but John “The Greek” Sikaras changed that arithmetic dramatically Friday at The Meadows when he and Explosive Leggs roared wide through the lane to pull off a 23-1 upset in an $8,500 Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association (GLADA) leg at The Meadows.

A longtime Standardbred owner but a neophyte driver, Sikaras trailed by 4 lengths into the stretch when he and Explosive Leggs found their best stride. They prevailed in 1:59 over a “good” surface, 1/2 length better than Jerry Kehm (Vegas Ticket). Alesha “The Hoosier Hotshot” Binkley (Delcrest Holiday) overcame a parked-out opening panel to finish third.

Carl Cocciolone trains Explosive Leggs, an 8-year-old Explosive Matter-American Leggs gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $280,441, and owns with Mark Sosovicka.