After writing the post below this one, on the “disappearance” of Barbara Budinszky, groom, exercise rider, and friend of Hungarian sprinter Overdose, I noticed that it had been posted on a Hungarian site and the post was receiving quite a number of views from Hungary and Slovakia.
A journalist friend/acquaintance from Új Szó, a Hungarian daily newspaper in Slovakia, had spoken Monday to Zoltan Mikoczy, Overdose’s principal owner, after the horse’s loss in Baden-Baden on Sunday and had asked him about Ms. Budinszky’s whereabouts. The journalist emailed me this (unedited): “I read your blogpost today in the morning and I also wondered about Barbara Budinszki. I interviewed Mr Mikóczy via phone today and asked him about her. He said that she couldnt have accompanied Overdose anyway in Baden-Baden before the start, because only the professional handlers are allowed to be with the horses. But he didnt answer my actual question where she is or so.”
Today, someone posted in the comments section of the original post a link to a story published today on www.overdoseonline.hu that read in part:
We have received tremendous amount of enquiring emails on Barbara Budinszki, Overdose’s former rider and tender. Since Overdose’s defeat everyone is asking: why is Barbara not there with him? It is interesting that this question emerges only now after the defeat. No one was asking about her after Overdose won in Bratislava or in the Kincsem Park two weeks ago. However, we shall try find the answers here.”
Click here to read the entire post, which is on an Overdose fan site that is sympathetic to Mr. Mikoczy.
Obviously, the original post from here has generated quite a bit of interest in Hungary on Ms. Budinszky’s whereabouts and her separation from the horse she’s looked after for the last four years. Hopefully we’ll hear from her, because her special relationship with the Hungarian national icon went far beyond the realms of the traditional groom-racehorse relationship.
Barbara Budinszky is shown below leading Overdose in the paddock prior to his 2009 race at Kincsem Park: