Hungary's Overdose is becoming famous outside Europe. Guess who made front page headline news on the New York Times?!
Hungary's Spirits are Back Up, on a Horse
When a foreign-born colt gets on the cover of the New York Times, probably the premier paper in the world, that equestrian athlete is beyond ordinary. One racing aficiando said Overdose "... explodes out of the lane with the overdrive already engaged
." In 12 starts, Overdose had seized the early lead out of the chute and has never been caught, progressively widening the lead at each finish.
The New York Times (April 19, 09) showering Overdose with effusive praise:
The Denver Post, in the heart of American cowboy country, on April 20 called Overdose the "Hungarian Seabiscut
". Seabiscut was a legendary sprinter and symbol of hope for Americans during the Great Depression about which a major movie was recently made.
Overdose's owner, Zoltan Mikoczy, a Hungarian steel trader, purchased the horse for around $3,100 in the UK and raised his hand for fun because he liked horse auctions and promised his wife not to buy another. Mikoczy basically bought a horse nobody wanted, and was suprised that nobody else raised a hand and how little he had to pay. Overdose's stock since has skyrocketted to the stratosphere, from 3 grand to as much as 5 million euros ($8 million). Mikoczy says he has trouble sleeping at night, worrying if anything happened to his wonder horse.
Europe's, if not the world's, greatest jockey - Belgium's very expensive Christophe Soumillonin came to Budapest with his manager to mount Overdose free of charge. Soumillonin is the super-jockey that twice won five races in a single day. In Kincsem Park, where usual attendance is 1,000 patrons, it was a sellout crowd of 30,000 and a third of Hungary watched the live broadcast, it was truly a national spectator event. The volume of betting was so intense it crashed the old computerized betting system. The mighty duo smashed the track record, winning by 8 lengths to rapturous applause and loud joyous acclamation. Opinions are that the "Budapest Bullet" should be united and married to Europe's best jockey for a long and successful relationship. Soumillonin was delighted with Overdose's torque, pull-away power and matchless speed, and agreed to be Overdose's No. 1 rider, forgoing more lucrative offers.
Overdose was rated the world’s leading 3-year-old sprinter in the World Thoroughbred Rankings of 2008 at 120 pounds, just a pound behind European champion speedster Marchand D’Or.
Although only still a colt, the speedstars' owners say that he's now ready to compete at the highest levels. The pair will make their debut in June at the prestigous world famous Royal Ascot races in Great Britian. Overdose is already the favorite
among British bookmakers for both the Group I Sprints at Royal Ascot, the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes (June 16) and the six-furlong Golden Jubilee Stakes (June 20). Temple Stakes at England's Haydock Park clerk for the course, Kirkland Tellwright, in Budapest was duly impressed: "It was absolutely unbelievable. It is like Seabiscuit.
There's talk of Overdose coming to the United States for the Breeders’ Cup if all goes according to plan in Europe.
A gain a proper perspective of Overdose's uncatchable speed with the rest of the field at not even 1000 meters, check out this picture. Overdose was essentially running "barefoot" having lost a front shoe at 400 meters and still smashing the Hungarian Grand Prix 1000 meter record with C. Soumillonin pulling the strings.