Overanalyze stamped his ticket to Churchill Downs with a clear victory in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.
With Rafael Bejarano riding for trainer Todd Pletcher, Overanalyze made a sweeping move to the leaders, brushed with Frac Daddy in the stretch and went on to win by 4 ½ lengths over Frac Daddy. Carve finished third with pacesetter Falling Sky held on for third. War Academy, the 9-5 race favorite, was pulled up by jockey Mike Smith near the half-mile pole. Owned by Mike Repole, Overanaylze stopped the clock in 1:51.94 for the 1 1/8 miles.
The son of Dixie Union captured last year’s Remsen Stakes (G2) and Futurity Stakes (G1). He finished fifth in the Gotham Stakes (G3) in his only previous start this year. Overanalyze has now won four of seven starts and has earnings of $956,381.