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by Melissa Bauer-Herzog, @mbauerherzog, Americas Best Racing

After finishing fifth in his 2013 debut, Overanalyze came out a winner on Saturday in the $1 million Arkansas Derby in his second start as a 3-year-old.

The colt, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, covered the 1 1/8 miles in a time of 1:51.94.

Overanalyze was near the back of the pack out of the gate but up to settle around the fourth position on the backside with Falling Sky and Heaven’s Runway in the top two spots. But when it came time to run, Overanalyze was ready to roll.

The graded stakes winner launched his winning move on the turn and took the lead midway down the stretch. Once he had the lead, he was not seriously challenged, pulling away to win easily by 4 1/4 lengths.

“I had a beautiful trip from the beginning,” Bejarano said. “I tried to save a little bit because I knew that if he won this race, he was going to the Kentucky Derby.”

Frac Daddy finished second with Carve another half-length back in third. Falling Sky rounded off the top four, a neck ahead of Oxbow.

Before the race, Overanalyze sat in the 26th position on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 10 points from his Remsen Stakes win last year. But with the 100 points he earned in this victory he now sits in the Top 10 on the leaderboard, securing himself a spot in the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

(Click here to view the 2013 Derby Leaderboard)

Overanalyze is a half-brother to Matron Stakes winner Meadow Breeze. He is by Dixie Union, sire of last year’s Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags.

Overanalyze is trained by 2010 Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who also trains Derby hopefuls Verrazano and Revolutionary as well as Blue Grass Stakes runner-up Palace Malice. Purchased for $380,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale, Overanalyze is owned by Repole Stable, best known as the owner of champion Uncle Mo.

For an Equibase chart, click here.


Arkansas Derby Inside -Coady

Photo courtesy of Coady Photography


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