Day: August 11, 2008

Lim Dae Gyu Remembered

August 11 marks one year since the death of jockey Lim Dae Gyu in a race at Seoul Race Park. The horse he was riding, Crown Forever, broke down at the end of the back straight. The race ambulance was on the scene immediately but Lim died en-route to Anyang hospital. He was 42.

Lim Dae Gyu debuted in April 1987 along with the likes of Park Tae Jong, Kim Hey Sung, Chun Chang Ki and Kim Ok Sung. In a career with over 5000 rides, Lim rode 632 winners with 578 second and 567 third placed finshes, strike rates of 11.8% and 22.6% respectively.

Among these were victories in most of Korea’s top races. He won the Korean Derby in 2002 on Haeam Janggun and The Oaks in 2005 on Gamun Nyeonggwang and also had wins in The Ttukkseom Cup and Minister of Agriculture Cup. In 1994 he won the year end Grand Prix Race on Ji Goo Ryeok, a horse he would go on to win the KRA Chairman’s Race on the following year.

During the past weekend’s racing, there were tributes to Lim Dae Gyu in the paddock and by the rails at Seoul Race Park. A video of his 1994 Grand Prix win can be seen here.

Pick Me Up Stateside

The KRA’s first experiment at sending domestic horses overseas is underway, with six year old Pick Me Up currently at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. The Busan based horse flew out last month and is scheduled to train and race in the US until December.

Pick Me Up [Time Star – Skiptamaloo (Northern State)] debuted in 2005 and has raced at Busan 40 times with a record of 7 wins, 12 seconds and 9 thirds with KRW 477Million in prize money won. The last of those wins came over a year ago, although he has placed in all his 2008 outings.

Weekend Round-up

Jeolho Chance’s Oaks win was unquestionably the main event but, on a sweltering afternoon, there was plenty of other action at both Seoul and Busan:

Seoul’s feature handicap was won by hot favourite Good Day (1.6), the Cho Kyoung Ho ridden four year old leading from start to finish of the 2000 metre race, ultimately winning by two lengths from Heukjo Bisang (6.7). It’s three consecutive wins for Good Day and 12 from 16 in his career to date.

New jockey Kim Dong Cheol scored his first career winner earlier in the afternoon, guiding favourite Hwanggeumnalgae to a three length win in race 3.

At Busan Race Park, only six went in the feature handicap – a category 2 for foreign bred horses. A very open race betting-wise, the win was taken by second favourite Brown Storm (2.5) under Toshio Uchida.