Day: February 25, 2009

Moon Se Young to Become an Ajosshi

“Se Young-a, Cho-Ket-ta!!” – “Se Young, I envy you” – punters shouted at Moon Se Young in the paddock at Seoul Race Park last weekend after the announcement that the Champion Jockey is to marry Seoul Race Park announcer Kim Ryeo Jin.

The Herald Business newspaper reported last Friday that the twenty eight year old Moon and twenty seven year old Kim will marry at the Racetrack’s Wedding Hall in April. The Herald noted that it will be the third marriage in the last two years of a high profile sportsman and a TV reporter following the marriages of footballer Kim Nam Il to Kim Bo Min of KBS and Baseball player Seo Jang Hoon to Oh Jung Yeon, also of KBS.

Kim Ryeo Jin joined the KRA’s broadcast department in 2007 and co-presents the weekly online preview show “Click Gyongma” as well as doing raceday announcements at the track. In a style perhaps more suited to the POPSeoul website, or as a pitch for a Korean drama, the Herald Business reports in detail as to how they met, the secret early stages of their relationship, how they fell out and how they made up over Moon’s win on Bally Brae in the 2007 Grand Prix. The report is in Korean but the link is worth clicking if only for the picture of the happy couple with the Champion Jockey wearing quite an amazing sweater.

Moon Se Young was also one of three jockeys featured recently on EBS TV’s show “Extreme Jobs”, which devoted two episodes earlier this month to jockeys at Seoul Race Park. Cameras followed three jockeys at different stages of their career. As well as champion Moon, veteran Kim Gui Bae and second year apprentice Boo Min Ho were followed at trackwork and in the weighing room on raceday. The two episodes (both in Korean but with some excellent footage) can be seen in full here.