Day: April 28, 2009

First 2009 Horse Rankings Published

Myeongmun Gamun / Dongbanui Gangja head tables
Standings for the first quarter of 2009 have been released aand there are no surprises as Myeongmun Gamun tops the domestic table while Dongbanui Gangja heads the list of overseas bred horses currently running at Seoul.

The tables, produced four times a year, distinguish only between locally bred and overseas bred with points worked out by race performances. In the domestic list, Myeongmun Gamun remains on top although his poor performance in this month’s Ttukseom Cup may see him slip down in future, likewise Mighty Runner’s win in that race should see him rise from his current spot in tenth. With Baekpa currently in the United States – and still looking for her first race – Top Point is top filly or mare on the list, in fourth place overall.

In the overseas ranks, Dongbanui Gangja takes top spot ahead of Bally Brae. Gangho, with four wins from four currently lies in twentieth place and is expected to line up against similarly highly thought of young import Bulpae Gisang in next month’s JRA Cup. Poignantly, Playing Politics rises into the top ten for the first time. The four year old was retired injured last month and although there have been rumours that if the long injured Baekgwang’s anticipated comeback next month goes ahead successfully, Playing Politics may receive the same stem-cell treatment, few expect to see him on the track again.

Here are the top tens with points earned:

Quarter 1 2009 Standings – Overseas Bred

1. Dongbanui Gangja (USA) 135
2. Bally Brae (USA) 133
3. Baekjeonmupae (NZ) 131
4. Angus Empire (USA) 127
5= Vicar Love (USA) 125
5= Seoul Teukgeup (USA) 125
5= Subsidy (USA) 125
8. Playing Politics (USA) 123
9. Saerounbisul (NZ) 122
10. Yodongseong (USA) 119

Quarter 1 2009 Standings – Korean Bred

1. Myeongmun Gamun 129
2. Secret Weapon 128
3. Good Day 126
4. Top Point 124
5. Hongji 121
6. Namchonuijijon 118
7. Saebyeok Dongja 116
8= Balhae Janggun 114
8= Machine Gun 114
10= Mighty Runner 112
10= Natural Nine 112
10= Nujindo 112

The Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance produces standings for US based horses. Click here for the latest table.