The newest addition to Korea’s stallion ranks is Ecton Park, winner of the 1999 Super Derby and Jim Dandy Stakes. The thirteen year old has been purchased by Jeju Island’s Isidore Farm where he will join Yehudi [Sadler’s Wells – Bella Vitessa (Thatching)], Isidore’s first stallion purchase in 2005 and whose first offspring are expected to begin racing later this year.
Ecton Park [Forty Niner – Daring Danzig (Danzig)] has long been a favoured stallion amongst Korean overseas racehorse buyers, with eleven of his foals having been imported. Among these have been Summit Party, the filly who won her first five races including the 2006 JRA Trophy and 2007 Segye Ilbo Cup.
Others include Miss Ecton, who won the Busan Ilbo in 2008, Ecton Cat who is on a run of eleven money winning finishes and Blue Dia, third in the 2007 KRA Cup Classic. Winner of that race was Pocketful of Money and coincidentally her sire, Running Stag [Cozzene – Fruhlingstag (Orsini)] is also a recent arrival in Korea.
Ecton Park’s stud fee for 2009 has reportedly been set at KRW 3.5 Million.
Hat-tip to Sid Fernando.