Day: February 27, 2010

Still Easy for Tough Win

Three-year old goes five-for-five

Tough Win eased to a fifth straight victory at Seoul Race Park this afternoon and in doing so, ensured that in future he’ll only be running against the best as he qualified for the top level of Korean racing.

Making his second outing at over nine furlongs and against the best field he has faced so far, the three-year old Tough Win had to come wide from stall 14 to sit on the outside of the field for the first three quarters of the race. As they entered the home straight, jockey Cho Kyoung Ho kicked him on and Tough Win loped away from the rest to take a five length win.

Tough to pacify: Two handlers and a set of pacifiers keep Tough Win in check

While not as visually impressive as some of his earlier runs, given the company he was in, the time he recorded and the fact that jockey Cho still didn’t need to trouble the horse with the whip, today’s performance adds to the buzz there is about this horse.

Tough Win [Yonguska – Maggie May’s Sword (Sword Dance)] moves onto five wins from five runs.

In domestic three-year old news, Full Step, third in last year’s Herald Business, got the better of Kkonnam and Bonsol – who finished third and fifth respectively – to take victory in the last race of the day. The colt now has three wins to his name.

Although Tough Win and Full Step both landed reasonably good races, neither of them was the feature race of the day. That was won by Love Cat, the filly taking her first win since triumphing in the Sports Seoul Stakes last June. The four-year old just edged out Jeokdaejeok and Baengnyeonbong in a tight finish to the ten furlong handicap.

Racing returns to Seoul tomorrow when Bulpae Gisang, Money Car and Ace Galloper will be the star attractions. The first of eleven races will be underway at 11:20. Busan also hosts a Sunday card with the first of six races starting at 12:40.