A graded stakes winner on the track, a stallion represented by a few winners, and now a show horse. Overdriven is taking his third career in stride.
After only three starts, including a win in the Sanford Stakes (G2), Repole Stable’s runner was retired to the breeding shed. But after a few seasons, the son of Tale of the Cat and half brother to MGSW Smooth Air wasn’t working out commercially, so he headed to TAA-accredited New Vocations to start a new journey.
That’s when he was spotted by Dara Woitkowski.
“I had inquired about another horse at the Lexington facility and started the adoption process,” she said. “Not a day later, as I was scrolling through the New Vocations website to show a friend the horse I was interested in—Overdriven appeared. My heart stopped.
“Matt (her husband) and I used to follow Overdriven on the track, even visited him at Todd Pletcher’s barn so I knew he was the one.”
Even though he had a brief stint as a stallion, Overdriven has transitioned to his new job smoothly and that famous OTTB work ethic is shining through.
“Overdriven loves to work and is a true professional athlete,” Woitkowski said. “He learns super quick and just wants to do his best each day.
“He hasn’t put a foot wrong—he’s even been in a two-stall trailer with a mare with no issues. He’s a classy boy.”
Now, the pair are both facing a new adventure together: the show ring.
“I never entered a horse show before, never had the desire, but when he walked into the barn I knew that was going to change,” Woitkowski said.
Giving it a try, she brought him to the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show and T.I.P. Championships back in September at the Kentucky Horse Park. The duo was second in the T.I.P. In Hand Class for geldings and placed in a number of walk-trot classes. Woitkowski said her sights are set on the 2019 show and more advanced classes, as long as Overdriven is up for it.
“He likes a challenge, so my goal is to keep his mind engaged and make sure he is excited doing his job,” she said. “As long as he’s happy and healthy, I’m good.”