- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

HAYDOCK, ENGLAND (AP) - Hungarian-owned colt Overdose, who has become a national hero back home after winning all of its 12 races, is headed for next month’s Temple Stakes at England’s Haydock Park.

The 4-year-old sprinter, which carries the colors of the Hungarian national flag and is now ridden by French jockey Christophe Soumillon, stretched his winning run on Sunday when he won the OTP Hungarian Nagydij at Kincsem Park in Budapest.

Haydock’s clerk of the course, Kirkland Tellwright, traveled to Budapest for the race and said the colt would run in the May 23 race in England.

“It was absolutely unbelievable. It is like Seabiscuit,” Tellwright said Monday.

“This was at a race course where normally you get fewer than 1,000 people at a meeting, and this time there were more than 20,000. I think it was the first time he had run in his own country for a while. He is clearly a horse who has the potential to be a world-beater.

“All things being equal, the connections’ plan at the moment is to come for the Temple. It would be great. That is why you run races like that, to attract a real superstar.”

Overdose has won races in Germany and Italy and also “won” the Prix de ‘Abbaye at Longchamps in a near-record time, only for the race to be invalidated because one of the starting gates didn’t open.

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