Day: June 14, 2009

Yeongung Manse Wins KNN Cup

Namdo Jeap & Ebony Storm flop / Nice Choice back in form
Yeongung Manse took the mile long KNN Cup race in fine style at Busan Race Park this afternoon. Starting the third favourite of nine, the four year old held off the mare, Mirae Cheonsa in a hard fought final furlong. Both Namdo Jeap, second in this year’s Derby and Ebony Storm, winner of last year’s, disappointed.

As usual, Namdo Jeap bounced out of the gate and and straight into the lead. Mirae Cheonsa led the field a few lengths back while Ebony Storm sat, seemingly confortably in fifth place. As they rounded the home turn and entered the straight, Namdo Jeap seemed to have complete control, however, when jockey Chae Gyu Jun asked him to finish the job, there was nothing in the tank. Yeongung Manse passed him with two furlongs to go and Mirae Cheonsa quickly followed.

These two battled it out to the finish while another mare Yeoin Cheonguk finished the quickest of the lot to claim an unlikely third place. For Yeongung Manse, who was kept off the Classic trail last year, it is an eighth career win from fourteen starts. Meanwhile Namdo Jeap came home fourth and Ebony Storm – who was found to have bled during the race – eighth.

At Seoul Race Park, Nice Choice had the opporunity to bounce back from his Derby flop. And the Lost Mountain colt did so with plenty to spare, cruising through the early stages of the nine and a half furlong feature, before grabbing the lead with one to go and running on for a four length victory.

In other races, Park Tae Jong got one more winner to take him to 1499. Park landed race six on improving three year old colt Winner Prince. It now seems inevitable that Korea’s most successful ever rider will achieve the landmark figure of 1500 wins next weekend.

KNN Cup – Busan Race Park – 1600M – June 14, 2009

1. Yeongung Manse [Sharp Appeal – Saratogasplash (Wild Again)] – Jo Chang Wook – 4.2
2. Mirae Cheonsa [Millennium Wind – Harboring (Boston Harbor)] – Kim Tae Kyung – 12.0
3. Yeoin Cheonguk [Creek Cat – Ze No Evil (Pentelicus)] – Jung Si Won – 59.1
Distances: 0.75 lengths/4 lengths
Also ran: 4. Namdo Jeap; 5. Sandeomi; 6. Sinheung Gangja; 7. Raon King; 8. Ebony Storm; 9. Welbeing Sidae



Baekpa Soundly Beaten at Delaware Park

In the end it wasn’t too bad – one other horse got tailed off too. However, in the slop at Delaware Park late yesterday, Baekpa finished last on her US racing debut. For any masochistic Korean racing fans, here’s the video:

Providing she came through yesterday’s experience intact, Baekpa is likely to run twice more before returning to Korea. Thanks to fpop for the video.