Segye Ilbo Stakes winner Florida Sox stepped up to nine furlongs but punters were left no nearer to knowing whether the exciting filly can handle two turns after she returned lame at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
Florida Sox had won three of her four races to date and was sent-off the odds-on favourite in the class 2 race 9. However, with an aggressive front-running style, there were doubts as to whether she would have the stamina to last in longer distance races as opposed to the sprints that she had dominated.
As ever, she bounced out of the gate in the lead and looked comfortable heading into the home straight. When it was time to start sprinting, however, jockey Boo Min Ho could find nothing and he gradually eased the filly out of the race as outsider Baramsan came through for a 50/1 victory. Florida Sox will be out for at least four months.
In the main event, it was another filly, Love Cat, who was in top form. Under Choi Bum Hyun, the four-year old – winner of last year’s Sports Seoul Stakes – romped to victory in the class 1 race 11, beating Chamgippeum by four lengths. Love Cat now has eight wins from seventeen starts.
In other races on a glorious Spring day at Seoul Race Park, there was a smart win for filly D Day, who strolled to victory in race 9. There were also two returns of note. Jockey Kim Ok Sung, rode his first races after a two and a half month ban for a combination a poor ride and failing a breath test. The “Smile Jockey” didn’t trouble the placings throughout the afternoon.
Meanwhile, three-year old filly Raipai made only her second racecourse appearance. Her first was seven long months ago, at the end of August last year. In that race, she veered wildly off course at the start and collided with the rails, ruling jockey Moon Se Young out for three months and herself for much longer. Today there were no problems as she led from the start to secure a six length win.
Racing returns to Seoul on Sunday when Bulpae Gisang Vs Tough Win tops the bill. The main business of the day though will of course be down at Busan as the 2010 Triple Crown series gets underway in the shape of the KRA Cup Mile.