Overtime Victory from last to first to take the O.H.B.P.A. Route Claiming Series Final
Overtime Victory had to pass all of his ten rivals to take home the top honor in Sunday’s feature event, the $20,000 O.H.B.P.A Route Claiming Series Final. Sent off at odds of 5/2, Overtime Victory got away slowly and was far back by the time the field hit the first turn. On the first turn, at one point he was eighteen lengths behind the leader Castle Pines.
“He slipped pretty badly early on in the race,” said winning jockey Javier Matias. “I had him further back today just because he was slipping early. At the five eighths pole I started making my move and at the three eighths pole, for a second I was worried I might have used my horse up to early. But he just went flying by the other horses and at the quarter pole I asked him for more and he exploded.”
Exploded is an understatement as Overtime Victory passed rivals while making a three wide sweep. Once Overtime Victory took the lead, it was just a question of how far he’d win by, as he eventually drew off to win by eight and one half lengths.
Overtime Victory races for owner Bob Seapy and was trained by Steve Fisher. Fisher claimed the horses out of the first Leg of the Route Claiming Series, a race that saw him finish seventh beaten seventeen lengths. He scored a victory however in Leg 2 and when nobody claimed him because of his poor performance in Leg 1, Fisher brought him right back for the Final and won with ease. Overtime Victory earned $8,000 for his connections, moving his career earnings to $112,766 from sixty two career starts.
Strikingly Sinful finished second, ahead of favored Castle Pines who ran third. Steel Blue completed the superfecta by finishing fourth. The final time for the one mile and one quarter was 2:03.97.
News and Notes…Yin Your Eyes closed from far back to win the $7,000 Holiday Handicap that went off as race 2. Leading jockey Luis Torres was aboard for trainer Bill Hoburg who shipped this horse over from Prairie Meadows, where he had last competed in a $125,000 Challenge Stakes race.