It’s been confirmed that Playing Politics is to be retired from racing. As reported last week, the four year old gelding came back lame after winning his first race at class 1 level on February 21. An x-ray revealed a fracture to his knee and further tests showed he would not be able to return to the track.
Imported to Korea in October 2007, Playing Politics [Outflanker – Political Bluff (Unaccounted For)] is a half brother of Bally Brae, Korea’s most successful imported horse of the past few years. Playing Politics broke the Seoul Race Park track record for 1300 metres in his second outing and went on to win the JRA Trophy Race in October last year. Moving up to class 1, he defeated Subsidy in a race thought by many to symbolise the new generation taking over from the old and a match-up with Dongbanui Gangja – and possibly even Bally Brae himself – was to look forward to.
Instead it was his last race. Retiring with figures of six wins from seven races, we will never know if Playing Politics would have gone on to make the same impact as his older brother. The Korean blogger “샤카” has put together a very good video of all his seven races, complete with appropriately sad music, which is well worth a watch.