Recently home from his vacation in the United States, Pick Me Up is a possible starter at Busan Race Park this coming Friday. The now seven year old gelding spent the autumn at Maryland’s Fair Hill Training Center racing three times at Laurel and Delaware Park and predictably not making much of an impact, trotting round at the back of the field all three times. Pick Me Up is one of twenty one early entries for Friday’s feature, a nine furlong handicap. Among them are two of 2008’s Classic winners in Derby winner Ebony Storm and KRA Cup Mile winner Rainmaker, now recovered from the injury he sustained in the Minister’s Cup.
Also entered next weekend is Golding, one of twenty eight possibles for Sunday’s Busan feature. The field for both races will be narrowed down to fourteen by Wednesday. Up at Seoul, we could see a season debut for Dongbanui Gangja. The Grand Prix winner is pencilled in to take on Brilliant Knight, winner of five of his six starts, over ten furlongs next Sunday.
* In other news from Seoul, the KRA have added another overseas jockey to their roster. No details have been released as yet as to his identity, except the family name “Santos”. More information when we get it.