11/29/2012 5:06PM

Aqueduct: Overdriven, Sanford winner, retired

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Barbara D. Livingston
Overdriven has been retired from racing due to a shoulder injury.

Owner Mike Repole said that Overdriven, his stakes-winning 2-year-old of 2011, has been retired due to a shoulder injury. Repole is looking for a home for Overdriven as a stallion in either New York or Kentucky.

Overdriven, a son of Tale of the Cat and a half-brother to the multiple Grade 2 stakes winner and millionaire Smooth Air, went 2 for 3 in his career and earned $129,750.

He won his career debut by 3 1/2 lengths running five furlongs in 56.42 seconds, just .67 of a second off the track record of Kelly Kip and earning a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Twenty-three days later, Overdriven won the Grade 2 Sanford at Saratoga by four lengths.

He was sidelined the remainder of his 2-year-old season due to bone re-modeling and missed some additional time early in his 3-year-old season due to a stress fracture in a right hind leg.

In his only start this year, Overdriven finished fourth in an allowance race Nov. 9.

On Sunday, Overdriven worked four furlongs in 47.80 seconds, but was diagnosed with an injury to his left shoulder the following day.

“We could have put the horse away for another year and brought him back, but it doesn’t make sense,” Repole said. “I’d love to be able see him stand somewhere in Kentucky or New York.”

Kelly Glenn More than 1 year ago
"We'd like to put him away and bring him back, but it doesn't make sense." HOW exactly, doesn't it make sense? We already have a market flooded with mediocre, unsound stallions, so adding another not so stellar stud to the mix makes MORE sense, how? Am I missing something? Seems to me that if stallion life is in the cards for this guy, the only way it makes sense is to give him the time he needs and then bring him back to hopefully add to his resume...which, even with the Sanford, is not exactly going to have the breeders running to him in droves, especially in NY or KY, where they can get proven, sound stallions for their money.
Alex More than 1 year ago
Huge part of the problem here, this horse is going to be a stallion??
Frank More than 1 year ago
Pletcher and Repole blow up another one! I'd like to see these guys retire.