Overtook likely for Withers (G3)

January 9, 2021

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Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s royally bred maiden winner Overtook is on target for the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on February 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The nine furlong event over the Big A main track is the next local prep on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and offers the the top-four finishers points based off a 10-4-2-1 scale.

Third time was the charm for Overtook, who graduated on December going a one-turn mile at the Big A for trainer Todd Pletcher – a three-time winner of the Withers. The son of Curlin came from 10 lengths off the pace with a six wide move nearing the three sixteenths and drew off a two-length winner under jockey Eric Cancel, while garnering a 70 Beyer Speed Figure.

Since his maiden score, Overtook breezed once over the Belmont Park training track, competing a half-mile work in 48.70 seconds on January 3.

“He’s come out of his maiden win in good shape and he’s been training well,” said Pletcher’s assistant trainer Byron Hughes. “I think he’s earned a chance in that race at this point in his career.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings and Phillip Steinberg, Overtook is out of the Grade 1-winning A.P. Indy broodmare Got Lucky, who also was conditioned by Pletcher. He was purchased by his owners for $1 million at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“He’s bred for the two turns,” Hughes said. “She [Got Lucky] was a two-turn horse. She was a very classy filly and the further the better for her so we’re hoping that he is the same way.”

Following a distant fourth on debut at Belmont Park, Overtook was third behind stablemate and subsequent graded stakes-placed Known Agenda going the Withers distance on November 8 at Aqueduct.

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