04/16/2009 11:00PM

Overdose starting his '09 campaign


He's undefeated, has never been headed, has his own fan club, and just may be the best sprinter in the world.

Overdose, or "Dozi" as he is affectionately called by his legions of admirers in Hungary, will begun his 2009 campaign at Kincsem Park in Budapest on Sunday when he will very likely outclass seven local rivals in the five-furlong Hungaria Nagydij, a Hungarian Group 1 contest worth $31,500.

A British-bred son of Starborough, Overdose has won all 11 of his starts, by a combined 98 lengths. Trained in Hungary by Sandor Ribarszki, he has won in his home country, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Italy, but was denied victory in France when, after leading throughout for an apparent four-length triumph in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp on Arc Day last Oct. 5, the race was declared void because of a false start.

Ribarszki opted not to chance Overdose in the rerun, which was taken by eventual European sprint champ Marchand d'Or.

In January, Overdose was named Europe's champion 3-year-old sprinter. After Sunday, Overdose will be campaigned in England and France, climaxing in a second shot at the Prix de l'Abbaye.