Month: August 2008

Busan Racing Review

Areumdaun Jilju, Namdo Jijon take easy wins but Golding beaten
Top domestic four year old Areumdaun Jilju strolled to an easy win in the first co-feature at Busan Race Park yesterday afternoon. The 1.1 favourite, under Toshio Uchida, showed at the front of the field through the back straight of the 2000 metre handicap, going away from the field as they turned for home and taking a four length win at the line from Sinhwaui Juingong and Sanbang Jeil. Areumdaun Jilju goes on to nine wins from fourteen starts.

The second co-feature was won by the Japanese bred Dongbang Geona (16.7), the gelding recording his seventh career win in a tight finish from Sonbaljein and favourite Hwanggeumbit Taeya. Angle Slam finished fourth with Golding back in sixth.

Earlier Namdo Jijon (1.3), third in the Derby, took his second straight win with a comfortable category 2 handicap victory by four lengths over Katrina and Neveah, the latter ridden by Nozomu Tomizawa, in Busan for Sunday’s Oaks. Toshio Uchida was once again jockey of he day with three wins, Kim Eu Su took a big race double on Namdo Jijon and Dongbang Geona, while Danny Craven was also in the winner’s enclosure with victory on Yeoreumbi (4.8 ) in race 2. Racing returns to Busan for Oaks Day on Sunday at 12:40.


Oaks Weekend Preview

While the Korean Oaks, the third Classic of the season is undoubtedly the weekend’s main event (see below for a full preview of the big race) the remainder of the card at Busan is a competitive one and there are also the usual Saturday and Sunday programs at Seoul Race Park. 

Busan kicks things off with nine races on Friday, the first ay 13:00.  There’s a double main event with handicaps for both domestic and overseas bred horses. The domestic one is up first with the weights headed by Areumdaun Jilju who has been in imperious form in 2008. The four year old will be bidding to make it 9 wins from 14 outings and will be carrying a full 7.5 kilos more than his rivals.  The foreign-bred field is headed by Golding, the six year old back in winning form last time out after three consecutive seconds.  Hwanggeumbit Taeya and Angle Slam will be among those looking to prevent Golding from taking a sixteenth career win. Sunday’s six races at Busan are dominated by the Oaks which is race 5 at 15:45. 

Seoul takes a back seat this weekend but there are 12 races on Saturday and 11 on Sunday with an 11:20 start both days.  The only category 1 race is the very last on Sunday when Good Day will meet Best Condition over 2000 metres.  The Oaks will be one of the Busan races simulcasted back to Seoul. In addition to Seoul and Busan, Jeju Race Park will run its usual program on Saturday and Sunday getting underway at 12:20 both days.

Jeolho Chance heads Oaks field of fourteen

A full field of fourteen will contest the Korean Oaks which will be run Sunday at Busan Race Park. Only two Seoul based horses have made the journey to South Gyeongsang province with the capital’s hopes resting on Baram Queen and Gate Way to break Busan’s stranglehold on this year’s classics.

They will have their work cut out, however, with the likes of Jeolho Chance and Gaya Gongju having already proved themselves over the distance and against older horses. In addition to being run at Busan for the first time, this year’s Oaks has seen an almost doubling of prize money with the winner taking home KRW 228Million.

The Oaks is race 5 of a 6 race card on Sunday August 10 with a post time of 15:45. Full list of runners and riders:

Korean Oaks (G II) 1800M – Busan Race Park – Aug.10, 15:45

1. Arch Racer – (9/2/2/1) – Toshio Uchida
Won over 1200 metres last time and has been improving with every race. Uchida’s booking will ensure she has some support.
2. Gate Way – (13/3/3/0) – Lim Sung Shil
One of the two Seoul entrants, Gate Way has had a good early summer winning two from her last three and, albeit against lesser opposition.
3. Gaya Gongju – (10/4/3/1) – Kim Eu Su
One of only two in the field to have achieved category 1 status already, Gaya Gongju finished eigth in the KRA Cup Mile, winning and running second in a handicap since.
4. Jakjunmyeongnyeong – (9/2/2/1) – Chae Kyu Jun
Her two wins have come in sprints and she has struggled in all three outings greater than 1200 metres.
5. Teukgeuphaegyeolsa – (11/3/1/2) – Gu Young Jun
Finished 11th of 12 in her only category 2 outing last time but had shown steady improvement up until then.
6. Myeongpumjilju – (11/1/4/3) – Choi Si Dae
A consistent placer if not winner, led a category 2 handicap last time until being overtaken by two older colts in the final 100 metres.
7. Galsaek Geotap – (7/3/1/0) – Jo Chang Wook
Struggled in her only race at a distance over 1200 metres so far, but beat Myeongpumjilju last time the pair met when the latter started hot favourite.
8. Useung Party – (4/3/0/0) – Yoo Hyun Myoung
Won her first three races before stepping up in class and being found wanting over 1600 metres, finishing sixth.
9. Jeolho Chance (11/5/1/1) – Jo Chan Hoon
A third place finish in the KRA Cup mile caused her to start the Derby as second favourite. She finished ninth but back in Busan scored a wire to wire five length win in a category 1 handicap over 2000 metres. Finished 4th in a similar race last time and is the one to beat.
10. Sunpunge Dotdanbae – (10/3/1/2) – Kim Tae Kyung
A steady performer with 2 of her 3 wins coming against decent opposition.
11. Baram Queen – (11/2/3/2) – Nozomu Tomizawa
Seoul’s other entrant, her last run was an impressive 3rd in the Sports Seoul Cup behind two fillies who don’t make the journey down, Samsinyeonsarand and Daehyo. Nozomu Tomizawa has ridden her in every race and will take the ride in Busan too.
12. Daehan Dolpung – (13/2/4/3) – Kim Tae Jun

Landed a smart win over a tough field just two weeks ago over 1800 metres and has been very consistent in 2008.
13. Achim Noeul – (7/3/0/0) – Kim Myoung Shin
Has run once a month in 2008 and has alternated brilliance with mediocrity.
14. Bugyeong Sarang – (11/2/2/2) – Jo Seung Gon
Her two wins were over 1200 metres and she had a hard time in her last race against category 2 horses.

Shaving Points and Playing Politics could clash in YTN

This year’s two most exciting three year old imports to Seoul are both entered in the YTN Cup to be run over 1900 metres at Seoul Race Park on Sunday August 17. Shaving Points and Playing Politics both have three runs with three wins to their names and their eventual meeting is one of the most anticipated in Korean racing.

Shaving Points, son of Pure Precision, hasn’t run since the end of May when he cantered to an easy win over 1700 metres. He was initially entered in the Owner’s Association Trophy but was withdrawn. Playing Politics, son of Outflanker and a half brother of Bally Brae (through their dam, Political Bluff), only debuted the day before Shaving Points’ last outing and broke the track record over 1300 metres before going on to secure a similarly easy 1700 metre win.

There are 15 entries at this stage and also on the list are three year olds Cheonjidolpung (Tactical Cat) with four wins from eight, Noubeau Riche (Beau Genius) with five from eight and Vicar Love (Vicar) who has four from seven. Full preview next Thursday.

Moon still way out in front

Despite yet another weekend on the sidelines through suspension, it is hard to imagine Moon Se Young being caught at the top of the jockey’s table. He holds a lead of 13 over nearest rival Cho Kyoung Ho and is just 43 short of Park Tae Jong’s record of 120 in a single year. Park still maintains a clear third place while four winners on Sunday takes Choi Beom Hyun into fourth ahead of Ikuyasu Kurakane:

1. Moon Se Young 77
2. Cho Kyoung Ho 64
3. Park Tae Jong 47
4. Choi Beom Hyun 32
5. Ikuyasu Kurakane 30

Six KRA Jockey school graduates debuted over the weekend, all having two rides with the exception of Kim Cheol Ho who picked up a third as a late replacement. Kim was the only one of the newcomers to place over the weekend.  Thanks to the reader who pointed out that Yu Mi Ra’s first ride on Saturday was on the filly “Charming Girl”, finishing sixth. Of last year’s graduates, Yoo Seung Wan has been the most successful with 22 winners to date

Wonju Jangsa scores shock Cup win

Outsider wins by three lengths / Subsidy beaten again
Wonju Jangsa, a 68.9 outsider, stunned the field to land the Munhwa Ilbo Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Nice Champ was sent off the 3.0 favourite and the Kim Hyo Seob ridden four year old made the pace out of the gate and through the back straight with last year’s runner-up Samdobong (14.2) just behind. As they turned for home, however, it was Choi Beom Hyun on Wonju Jangsa and Park Soo Hong on Eoullimnyeongung (8.7) who emerged from the field with Wonju Jangsa proving the strongest by three lengths. Nice Champ ran on for third.

Wonju Jangsa shares a sire with J.S. Hold but until today the gelding had shown little of his illustrious relative’s ability. The win takes him on to a career recrd of three wins from seventeen starts and nearly doubles his career earnings. Other more fancied entries, Mansebose (4.7) and Top Value (3.5) finished down the field.

The Munhwa Ilbo Cup win capped a fine day for Choi Beom Hyun with Wonju Jangsa his fourth winner having won on Alydar The Ruler (2.0) in race 5, Jisangyeogeol (16.4) in race 6 and Wonder Wonder (2.6) in race 8. In other jockey news, Kim Cheol Ho became the first of this year’s new intake to make his mark on the placings scoring an unlikely third place on 152.2 shot Ganghannara in race 3.

It wasn’t a good day for Subsidy. The eight year old went off the 2.2 favourite in the feature handicap but was never in contention finshing a well beaten sixth. The race was won in impressive style by Seungyu Sinhwa (5.8 ), Park Soo Hong guiding the six year old to a seven length victory from Value Play (12.2).

Busan Race Park put on a low key card. The feature race was won by favourite Yongdu Baram (2.2), yet another winner for Toshio Uchida, a length and a half ahead of Choegang Brand (2.7).



Seoul Review – Easy for Secret Weapon

1.2 favourite strolls up / New jockeys debut
Secret Weapon needed to do little more than canter round the track to dispose of his rivals in the feature at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Park Tae Jong took the five year old 1.2 favourite to the front out of the gate of the 2000 metre handicap and despite giving at least five kilos to every other horse in the race, took a six length win easing up. Second favourite Totoro (9.4) was the distant second.

In the day’s second feature, third favourite Luxury Queen (3.9) put in a smart final furlong to take a KRW 30Million category 3 race, just edging out Eunjokbong (3.8 ) by half a length. The mare was ridden by Ikuyasu Kurakane, who also enjoyed victory in the following race on Yodongseong (3.6). It was the three year old American bred colt’s third win from six starts and his first at category 3. The pace was set throughout by Lee Ae Li on Seorin (7.5) but when Ikuyasu opened up the sprint, Yeodongseong went on to win by a clear five lengths with Seorin hanging on for second.

Aside from Ikuyasu, Park Soo Hong also landed a double but it was Park Tae Jong who once again took the biggest haul. Park’s procession on Secret Weapon followed on from earlier victories on the two year old Choisangbong (2.3) in race 2 and on Operaman (2.4) finally winning at the tenth attempt in race 6.

Five jockeys, recent graduates of the KRA’s jockey school, made their debuts today. Park Byung Yoon, Yoo Mi Ra and Cho In Kwon all featured in race 1 and Kim Cheol Ho and Park Si Won took their bows later. As expected, given their mounts, none of the five troubled the placings and all will be back tomorrow along with another newcomer, Kim Dong Min.

Yet again the latter half of the card was run in pouring rain with the weather forecast again deterring many racegoers. Tomorrow is forecast to be similarly unsettled for the Munhwa Ilbo Cup. Race 1 is at 11:20.


Busan Review

Widaehan Bonneung lands feature as Uchida trebles again
Toshio Uchida further cemented his position as top jockey at Busan Race Park this afternoon with another three wins. The Japanese took the feature handicap on top weight and favourite Widaehan Bonneung (3.2), hitting the front as they turned for home and going on for a two length win from second favourite Choego Jangseong (4.3). It was a return to form for the six year old Widaehan Bonneung who, apart from a win in February, had disappointed this year.

Earlier, Uchida had taken the honours on Haetsalgachi (4.2) in race 2 and Peace Mind (4,2) in race 8. Race 6 was a competitive KRW 31Million category 2 race for foreign bred runners with victory taken by Saeroun Bulpae (1.9), the three year old filly running on for an impressive five length win over Namsanui Jeonggi (6.2) with second favourite King Kephalos (2.7) a further five lengths back in third.

For Saeroun Bulpae, it was a fourth win from ten races and seven races since she’s been out of the placings. Racing returns to Busan on Sunday with a six race card starting at 12:40.