Florida Sox produced a commanding performance to take victory in the Segye Ilbo Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon – the first Stakes race of 2010 at the track. In doing so, the three-year old filly gave jockey Boo Min Ho the biggest win of his career to date.
Sent off second favourite, Florida Sox led the anticipated cavalry charge out of the gate as they began the seven furlong race. Favourite Gippeumnuri came up alongside her as they left the back straight and looked well-place to kick on.
Instead though it was Florida Sox who had the extra gear, effortlessly going away from the chasing pack and ultimately putting seven lengths between her and second placed Jangjagang with Gippeumnuri trailing in third.
US bred Florida Sox made a low-key debut last autumn finishing sixth out of fourteen in a six furlong maiden race. Dropping back to five furlongs for her next outing though, she proceeded to come within half a second of the course record. She followed that up with another easy win over that distance last month. Any ideas that she might be unable to last more than a thousand metres were emphatically quashed today.
Segye Ilbo Cup (Stakes Listed) – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – Feb 21, 2010
1. Florida Sox (USA) [Woke Up Dreamin – Chordette (Dixieland Band)] – Boo Min Ho – 4.0, 1.8
2. Jangjagang (USA) [Buddha – Illusory (Skywalker)] – Park Tae Jong – 1.7
3. Gippeumnuri (USA) [Eurosilver – Regatta Queen (Danzig Connection)] – Moon Se Young – 1.3
Distances: 7 lengths/1.5 lengths
Also ran: 4. Hwansanguimulgyeol; 5. Golden Rose; 6. Nunbusin Seongjang; 7. Devilish Speed; 8. Fly Top; 9. Isanghwa; 10. Illicit Image; 11. Cheonsangcheonha; 12. Gwacheon Geojang; 13. Uigiyangyang; 14. Kentucky Nose
In other races, Khanui Jeguk, winner of last year’s Ilgan Sports, claimed his first victory in class 1 company, as he overcame Machine Gun and Gi Ra Seong in the feature handicap over nine and a half furlongs. Meanwhile, down at Busan, Yeongung Manse claimed the afternoon’s main event.