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Late kick leads Kentucky Derby-bound Overanalyze to win in Arkansas Derby

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Flashing a tremendous kick down the stretch, Overanalyze came from mid-pack and flew past the rest of the 10-horse field to win in dominating fashion in Saturday's Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

The two-year-old Overanalyze, which came in at 4/1 odds, covered the distance in 1:51.94 and drew an automatic entry into the May 4th Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

Frac Daddy finished second, followed by Carve and Falling Sky, which looked like it would win, leading at the top of the stretch, until Overanalyze's big stretch kick.

"I finally found my horse for the (Kentucky) Derby," said winning jockey Rafael Bejarano, who earned the second Arkansas Derby win of his career. "The way he broke from the gate, I didn't try to rush him out too much. I just tried to get him comfortable and go from there.

"At the half-mile, when I saw those horses in the lead, I started chasing and tried to get in close. Then I got the beautiful kick clear on the outside and my horse took off. He was tremendous today."

Overanalyze becomes one of four horses that will be in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher.

"You can see on the far turn that he was running," said Pletcher, who added Overanalyze will head to Louisville on Sunday to begin practicing for the first leg of horse racing's fabled Triple Crown.

In addition to Overanalyze, three other competitors in the Arkansas Derby are also set to race in the Kentucky Derby: Frac Daddy, Oxbow and Falling Sky.

Overanalyze paid $9.40 for the win, $5.60 (place) and $4.60 (show).

Early favorite War Academy, which went off at a field best 2/1 odds, pulled up about halfway through the race with a possible injury. However, the track did not send an ambulance for the horse and it was able to walk off the track under its own power.
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