Hardride was back in the Winners circle for the first time since the Busan Metropolitan last November with a win over a host of well known names at a wet and blustery Busan Race Park this afternoon. Starting third favourite, the four year old sat just behind the leaders from the gate before outsprinting long time leader Florida Native in the final furlong to claim victory by a length. Outsider D M Merch snatched an unlikely third place on a day which was both by far the warmest, wettest and windiest of the the year so far.
Joint Favourites Dangdae Star and Crafty Louis both failed to feature at the business end of the race. King Kephalos and Angle Slam, both of them Stakes winners in 2008, finished fourth and fifth. For Hardride it was a sixth career win and his third over ten furlongs.
Racing returns to Busan on Sunday as the action moves to Seoul tomorrow.
Class 1 (Foreign Bred) – Busan Race Park – 2000M – Feb 9, 2009
1. Hardride (USA) [Colony Light – Lametta (Lomond)] – Lim Sung Sil – 6.3
2. Florida Native (USA) [Kissin Kris – Bindianna (Jose Binn)] – Yoo Hyun Myoung – 6.8
3. D M Merch (USA) [Langfuhr – Personally Yours (Personal Flag)] – Han Sang Gyu – 118.8
Distances: 1 length/Neck – 13 ran