Day: February 27, 2011

Stallions Yankee Victor & The Groom Is Red Pass Away

Sad news out of Jeju Island as stallions Yankee Victor and The Groom Is Red have both died within the last month. Yankee Victor succumbed to a colic on February 1 while The Groom Is Red had to be euthanized after sustaining multiple fractures in a paddock accident on January 27.

Yankee Victor (Pic: KRA)

Yankee Victor [Saint Ballado – Highest Carol (Caro)] had been in for five years. On the racecourse in the US, Yankee Victor won eight of his nineteen races. A fine miler, in 2000, he won a pair of Grade 1 races over the distance – the Met Mile at Belmont Park and the Westchester Handicap at Aqueduct.

Retired to Stud, he was moderately successful in the US before being bought by the KRA in late 2005. Just becoming established as a sire in Korea, he’s had just two crops of foals reach the track so far both including some promising runners.

Here are the closing stages of his Met Mile victory:

And his KRA appearance video:

The Groom Is Red (Pic: KRA)

The Groom Is Red [Runaway Groom – Sheena’s Gold (Fast Gold)] won just four times in the US. Just like Yankee Victor, his biggest triumph also came over a mile at Belmont when, as a two year old in 1998, he won the G1 Champagne Stakes. Brought straight to Korea as soon as he retired from the track, he would have been entering his twelfth season.

Siring solid if generally unspectacular horses, he nevertheless produced some champions including the great grey Baekgwang, winner of the Minister’s Cup in 2006, and Triple Seven, Ttukseom Cup winner in 2010 as well as Andy’s Runner, winner of this year’s New Year Stakes.

Here is his KRA appearance video:

Rainy Sunday Round-Up

While snow has been more common of late, today the whole of the Korean peninsula saw its first rainfall for quite some time. And a lot of rain it was too as the cards at both Seoul and Busan were run in torrential conditions.

A wet but successful Baekjeonmupae returns after winning the frst of Sunday's co-features at Seoul

Not that a lot of the horses seemed to mind as Baekjeonmupae , fresh from defeating Tough Win and Dongbanui Gangja, continued his rich vein of form by taking out the first of co-feature races in the capital. The New Zealand bred six-year old swept wide of the field to claim victory in the seven furlong handicap by a commanding four length margin from outsider Bugmyeongsingong.

Baekjeonmupae (Anziyan) moves onto twelve career victories but from the same race, a special mention must go to Bally Brae (Yarrow Brae). The 2007 Grand Prix winner and former Horse of the Year is a shadow of his former self but is still healthy and in racing shape. Today he was just beaten out of third place by a neck by Kahnui Jeonseol but took fourth and with it his first money win since May last year.

In the second co-feature, last year’s champion filly and mare Love Cat was sent off as favourite, but it was Suseong TX who took the honours by overhauling long-time leader Natural Guy in the final furlong.

Angry sky: Seoul Racecourse February 27, 2011

Down at Busan where the weather was equally wet and wild, the feature race went the way of six year old mare Daejaui Yeosin (Impeachment) who got the better of a photo finish with Mystery Boy (Ecton Park) at the end of the mile long handicap.

Earlier at Busan, there was a win for three year old Useung Touch. The Menifee filly grabbed a surprise third in the Breeders’ Cup last November and won on her season debut in January. While yet to be tested around two turns, she is a possible Classic entrant later in the year. Another yet to be tested at two turns is exciting American import Viva Ace (Macho Uno). He was sent off odds-on favourite today but came unstuck over 1500 metres as 30/1 shot Northern Diva (Northen Afleet) took the honours in the class 2 race 5.

So concludes February’s racing on the peninsula, we’re back next week!

Grandstanding: Most punters stayed indoors today