RSS Feeds

Overanalyze charges late to win Arkansas Derby

Saturday - 4/13/2013, 8:24pm  ET

Overanalyze and jockey Rafael Bejarano approach the finish line to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

AP Sports Writer

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- Mike Repole wasn't sure what to make of a disappointing start of the year for his standout 3-year-old, Overanalyze, after a fifth-place finish at the Gotham Stakes last month.

The owner decided to give the colt a six-week break afterward, a move that paid off in convincing fashion Saturday.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano for the first time, Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby -- making a three-time winner out of trainer Todd Pletcher.

The colt, who struggled so mightily in his only other start of the year, once again found the form that made him a winner in three of five races last year as a 2-year-old. He won by 4
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.