Belmont Stakes 2021 Horse Profile: Overtook

The Belmont Stakes seems a step too far for Overtook on Saturday
The Belmont Stakes seems a step too far for Overtook on Saturday

The main event on Saturday is clearly the $1,500,000 grade I Belmont Stakes. As we've done for both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness - our in-house handicapper (Sean) and turf-man (J.N.) have put together their thoughts on all the runners for the race.

This piece features their thoughts on 20-1 Overtook. I'm not expecting much but do Sean and J.N. agree?

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Sean's Take...

Overtook:  He didn’t get much pace to run at in the G3 Peter Pan, however I still can’t help but feel it was a very underwhelming performance from this son of Curlin. He does strike me as the type that could potentially thrive at a mile and a half, but he’s not even in the same area code as the top 3-year-olds at this point in his career and likely would need some chaos to unfold in front of him in order to have a chance.

J.N's Take...

Another Pletcher runner … what? No, I am not using speak-type software; it is not a series of typos. The conditioner comes to play this time of year, and he plans on sending the 3rd place finisher from the Peter Pan (G3) into Belmont once again. Overtook is owned by the excellent Repole and St. Elias teams, and they never disappoint when it comes to investing in some quality bloodlines. This colt is no exception.

Out of Curlin, who knew a thing about the Triple Crown, Pletcher is hoping that this one can run better than he did last time in the Pan. The problem is, that was a 1-turn, and the Belmont Stakes (G1) is all about 2. If he can get the distance, he might be a long shot to include in the exotics. I wouldn’t say the effort in the Withers (G3) was poor back at Aqueduct (2nd to Klaravich’s Risk Taking), but he clearly will have to do more in this spot against some stiff competition. Not going to be easy at all …

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Belmont Stakes 2021

Belmont Stakes 2021 Race Card

2
PP 2

Essential Quality

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: L. Saez /
  • Trainer: B. Cox /
Morning Line Odds

Morning Line favorite. Unbeaten before surprise defeat in Kentucky Derby. Got a bad trip that day. Very likeable horse.

3
PP 3

Rombauer

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Velazquez /
  • Trainer: M. McCarthy /
Morning Line Odds

Shock Preakness winner. 3-1 is a short price for me. If he wins then has to be considered the top three-year-old so far this year.

4
PP 4

Hot Rod Charlie

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Prat /
  • Trainer: D. O'Neill /
Morning Line Odds

Should provide the early pace. Importantly drawn inside other speed horse Rock Your World.

7
PP 7

Rock Your World

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Rosario /
  • Trainer: J. Sadler /
Morning Line Odds

Winner at Grade I level on turf and dirt. Has the stamina. Got a terrible break in the Derby. Needs to get out front early. Contender

6
PP 6

Known Agenda

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: I. Ortiz Jr. /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /
Morning Line Odds

One of three Todd Pletcher horses entered. Probably his best shot. Won the Florida Derby but still not expected to challenge. Potential to hit the board.

1
PP 1

Bourbonic

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: K. Carmouche /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /

Won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct but 13th in the Derby. Tough to use even in deep exotics.

8
PP 8

Overtook

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: M. Franco /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /

Only horse entered yet to have a Graded Stakes win to his name. Longshot.

5
PP 5

France Go de Ina

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: R. Santana Jr. /
  • Trainer: H. Mori /

Japanese invader did not do well in the Preakness. Struggled in the UAE Derby. Huge longshot.

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