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.