Day: June 11, 2009

Weekend Preview

KNN Cup Weekend at Busan / Nice Choice re-appears at Seoul
The fourth running of the KNN Cup at Busan Race Park is the big event of the weekend (see full preview) but there is plenty more racing on offer with horses running at Busan on Friday, Seoul and Jeju on Saturday and all three tracks on Sunday.

Sunday’s six race card at Busan is where the pick of the action is. In addition to the KNN Cup, Hardride, King Kephalos, Hwanggeumbit Taeyang, Bugyeong Choegang and Dangdae Star will be among twelve class 1 horses going over the unusually long distance of 2200 metres.

Seoul’s feature race of the weekend is a rather low key handicap on Saturday afternoon with Free Woody the biggest name involved. Sunday sees the return of three year old colt Nice Choice, making his first start since the Derby. The much hyped champion two year old went missing in the home straight of the Derby and with Cho Kyoung Ho taking the reins for the first time, will need to bounce back if he is to be considered for the Minister’s Cup later in the year.

Busan Race Park

Friday June 12: 10 races, first post 13:00
Sunday June 14: 6 races, first post 12:40

Seoul Race Park

Saturday June 13: 12 races, first post 11:20
Sunday June 14: 11 races, first post 11:20

Jeju Race Park hosts pony racing on Saturday and Sunday with the first at 12:10 each day. This week the Korean Meteorological Administration accepted that it hasn’t got a clue what the weather is going to be like, so there’s no point in a forecast. If you’re in Korea at the weekend, look out of the window. If it looks fine, come racing! If it doesn’t, pick up an umbrella and come racing!

Baekpa Set to go at Delaware Park

After nearly three months of preparation, 2007 Korean Oaks winner Baekpa is set to make her US racing debut at Delaware Park this Saturday. The five year old is entered in race 8, an allowance race for fillies and mares over a mile.

Baekpa [Revere – Grey Crest (Gold Crest)] is among six entries and will have jockey Christopher Van Hassel up. The other five contenders have won 18 races between them so Baekpa is going to have a tough job on her hands when they go to post at 4:24 local time. Here’s a full list of the runners, race records (Runs/1st/2nd/3rd) and riders:

Allowance Race – Delaware Park – June 13, 2009, 1 M, 70 Y – 4:24pm

1. Tammy’s Victress – (21/4/5/6) – J C Caraballo
2. Populist – (8/3/1/1) – T. Maragh
3. Ma. Rainey – (10/4/1/0) – C L Potts
4. High Hill – (15/4/0/2) – J Rocco, Jr.
5. Baekpa (KOR) – (22/8/5/2) – C VanHassel
6. Picker – (11/3/3/2) – L Garcia

Baekpa hasn’t run since her fifth placed finish in the Grand Prix last December. Although workouts have been promising, expectations are modest and after the chastening experience of Pick Me Up in the US last year, simply being in touch with the field at the end will be considered an achievement.