There’d been reports off and on for months that Overdose’s champion Hungarian trainer, Sandor Ribarszki, would be leaving — or already had left, in some reports — bleak Kincsem Park in Budapest for the more colorful environs of Hoppegarten in Berlin. Then the photos and video of Overdose’s heralded return to Ribarszki’s training yard in Alag, in Dunakeszi, surfaced this week and quelled rumors of his departure — but not for long. The latest news from racing circles in Hungary is that Overdose’s trainer is in fact leaving at the end of the week for Berlin, and there’s a strong possibility that Overdose will join him in Germany this winter, perhaps as soon as Dec. 20.
With principal owner Zoltan Mikoczy behind bars in Romania appealing a 19-month prison sentence, the horse has been managed ad hoc by many of Mikoczy’s Hungarian friends and supporters while the horse’s two Slovak co-owners have been fairly quiet behind the scenes. Apparently among the Hungarian group, which includes Ferenc Farkas, Jeno Czere, and others pictured in the video in the post below, there’s been some discord about where the horse should be trained because some apparently feel a responsibility to keep him “Hungarian.” According to Ribarszki, as recently as last Wednesday he wasn’t certain what plan of action had been mapped for the sprinter’s winter training regime, but after a recent conversation with Mikoczy he’s certain Overdose will follow him to Germany for the winter, where he’ll have access to indoor training facilities. One of Ribarszki’s clients in Germany will be the important Dr. Andreas Jacobs, owner of Gestut Fahrof. The stud owns and stood Black Sam Bellamy, a full brother to Galileo whose first few important winners included the Ribarszki-trained 2008 Hungarian Derby winner Sunny Sam. The latter, by the way, was also owned by Mikoczy and flew the same Hungarian-flag silks of Overdose. The implication is that Ribarszki — and Overdose — will have access to top-class facilities through the Jacobs connection. According to Ribarszki, the horse would not have the proper facilities in Hungary for winter training, and he has said that he feels it would take at least until June to get Overdose back to the races under a best-case scenario. Mikoczy apparently agrees, although the country that has embraced the English-bred son of Starborough as a national hero will probably not see it the same way. Again, stay tuned, because the lines of this story change daily.