Didyme is Leading Sire in Korea for the third year running. The nineteen year old was responsible for earnings approaching 3 Billion Won over the year, 200 Million Won more than nearest rival Concept Win whose filly, Sangseung Ilro claimed two legs of the Triple Crown. Revere was in third place.
Leading Sires in Korea 2009
Name/Pedigree/Earnings (Korean Won)/Win Rate/Chief Earner
1. Didyme (USA) [Dixieland Band – Soundings (Mr. Prospector)] – 2,961,105,000 – 13.1% – Areumdaun Jilju
2. Concept Win (USA) [Manila – Conveniently (In Reality)] – 2,799,694,000 – 8.2% – Sangseung Ilro
3. Revere (IRE) [Dancing Brave – Bint Pasha (Affirmed)] – 2,489,169,000 – 7.9% – Pangpang
4. Creek Cat (USA) [Storm Cat – Vivano (Island Whirl)] – 2,328,035,000 – 14.4% – Yeonseung Daero
5. Duality (USA) [Seeking The Gold – Jody.G (Roberto)] – 2,208,030,000 – 15.4% – Gaeseon Janggun
All of the top five’s chief money earners run at Busan, a further demonstration of the stranglehold the southern track has in terms of quality. In races where Seoul and Busan horses faced each other this year, Busan won four and Seoul won two. Crucially though, Busan won all the races which were restricted to Korean bred runners.
Creek Cat was leading sire of two year-olds, ahead of Didyme, but one to look out for though could be Newsprint (USA) [Gone West – Salty Perfume (Salt Lake)]. He finished seventh on the list of sires of two-year olds from just six runners. They included Seonbongbulpae and Money Car, two of the year’s most exciting juveniles. Newsprint was second among first crop sires behind Volponi. Sadly Newsprint died in November at the tender age of seven but his offspring may do him proud in 2010.
Full details can be found at the Korean Studbook.