Hungarian sprint sensation Overdose has had a history of foot problems, dating back to at least last year. An earlier post of mine (click here to read) noted the 4-year-old son of Starborough and the Warning mare Our Poppet was lame for about five days in his right front leg in a 10-day span before his season debut April 19 at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary.
The colt, however, lost the shoe from his left front foot in the April 19 race, and you can see the shoe detaching from the foot in the photo above. It’s assumed that afterwards Overdose stepped on a pebble or stone and came up lame, according to statments made by attending veterinarian Dr. Zsolt Szmodits in an article in yesterday’s issue of Bors magazine (click here to read the online version in Hungarian and watch out for the nude photos). Dr. Szmodits said “the inflammation has begun to subside” and the colt had been “injected with antibiotics.” He said they’ve “seen signs of trouble [with his feet] since the race in Hamburg [July 5, 2008] last year, but x-rays have shown” no problems, and he said the “inflammation is in retreat” and he predicted it would be gone by Saturday or Sunday. According to him, the colt still has a shot to make the Temple Stakes at Haydock Park in England, and Overdose will wear glue-on shoes. “Overdose has not trained for days, but if the inflammation comes out, the lack of training will not affect his form,” he said.
The Bors article also noted that hundreds of fans from Hungary and Slovakia had purchased travel packages for the race in England, and the colt’s connections, owner Zoltan Mikoczy and trainer Sandor Ribarszki, were eager to get the colt — an icon in Hungary who goes by the nickname of “Dozi” — back on the track.
I’d noticed in my research before I wrote the first post that a TV clip of Overdose being shod was a big event, and the blacksmith nailing the shoes was noticeably nervous. Well, the sensitive-feet issue explains that.
By the way, I got the photo above from the Hungarian website www.overdoseonline.hu, which is a terrific fan site dedicated to everything about the horse. His complete race record is listed, along with interviews and photos.
The website also noted that Bors magazine had broken the story that Overdose had been syndicated. Sereg Andras from the website wrote this:
“Zoltan Mikoczy answered the questions of the readers in the editorial office of Bors magazine. On answering the questions, Zoltan Mikoczy said the following:
” ‘The news that Overdose was syndicated is true, but the majority of ownership remained with me so I would have the final word when it comes to any decisions managing the horse and his career. I have two new partners; one of them is my old classmate from high school, the other one is the richest man in Slovakia. With this decision we can manage to provide the horse with a supply according to his abilities, and we can manage the increased costs of his Group 1 category runs’ (In the meanwhile we found out that the two gentlemen mentioned above are Istvan Czucz and Mario Hoffman.)”
Both Czucz, the classmate, and Hoffman, the business tycoon, are Slovak citizens. Hoffman is the majority owner of Istrokapital SE, a major Slovak corporation with interests in global banking and real estate.