The ongoing soap opera known as the “Overdose Story” took another melodramatic turn yesterday with the release of a video showing owner Zoltan Mikoczy back with his star in Hungary. Mr. Mikoczy, as recently as last week, was doing time in a jail in Oradea, Romania. He won an appeal last week that suspended his 19-month sentence. Released on Dec. 4 (Thursday), a happy Mr. Mikoczy was filmed this weekend in the Alag stall of Overdose, lavishing kisses on his stable star. Click here to see the video on the Pannonia Overdose site.
While Mr. Mikoczy was in jail, he’d told the colt’s trainer, Sandor Ribarszki, who at the time was about to relocate to Hoppegarten, in Berlin, that Overdose would follow the trainer to Germany by Dec. 20. Now, however, he appears to have changed his mind, because Pannonia Overdose, the official website for the horse that’s run by Mr. Mikoczy’s Hungarian confidants, says Overdose may stay and train throughout the winter in Hungary for a 2010 campaign. Though Mr. Mikoczy holds a Slovak passport, he is an ethnic Hungarian, and he has been proud that Overdose has represented Hungary in European races. He’s also received considerable pressure from his friends to keep Overdose in Hungary. Mr. Mikoczy’s two partners in the horse are Slovakians.
The first of the following photos (courtesy Pannonia Overdose) was shot on Saturday at the Alag stable and was released this weekend. Note that the horse is being led by his groom, Barbara Budinszky, and by Dr. Zsolt Szmodits, the colt’s veterinarian and a Mikoczy confidant. Compare it to the photo below taken two weeks earlier, where trainer Ribarszki is in control. What’s he thinking in Berlin now? Mr. Mikoczy did say on the website that he’s reticent to break up the team and will explore every possible scenario that would allow Ribarszki to train the colt. Stay tuned for the next installment.