Day: June 10, 2011

Ft. Stockton, Sire Of J.S. Hold, Dies At Stud

Nineteen-year-old was one of Korea’s most successful Sires

Ft. Stockton [Cure The Blues – Tai The Devil (Tai)], one of the nation’s longest-serving and most successful sires, is dead. The nineteen year old died suddenly at stud on May 30.

Ft. Stockton, 1992-2011 (Pic: KRA)

Seemingly in good health, Ft Stockton had been performing stallion duties up until the day before he was found dead. The cause of death given is a ruptured Pulmonary Artery.

As a racehorse in his native United States, Ft. Stockton won the Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup and Hirsch Jacobs Stakes as a three-year old and the Arlington Breeders’ Cup Sprint Handicap at four, retiring with seven wins from his thirty-one starts.

In more than a decade at stud, Ft. Stockton has sired some outstanding Korean racehorses including 2005 President’s Cup winner French Dancer and 2009 Minister’s Cup winner and Korean Guineas and Derby runner-up, Namdo Jeap. However, there is one horse in particular that Ft. Stockton will be remembered for.

J.S. Hold (out of the Passetreul mare Hwansangjiljoo) was, in Korean racing terms, exceptional. Winning nine of his ten races, he completed the inaugural Triple Crown in 2007 including a ten length triumph in the Derby. Only 75% fit for the Minister’s Cup, the final leg of the Crown, J.s. Hold still managed to battle to victory. The injury didn’t heal and he was retired having secured his place as arguably Korea’s greatest ever home-produced racehorse.

Ft. Stockton’s legacy will continue. He’s represented in both of this weekend’s big Stakes races; Annika Queen takes part in the KNN Cup at Busan while last year’s Korean Oaks runner-up Cheonun takes her chance in the Owners’ Trophy at Seoul. With nearly three more crops of foals to reach the track, he may be gone but it will be a long time before Ft. Stockton’s impact on Korean horse racing is forgotten.

* Here is J.S. Hold’s crushing Derby win:

Ft. Stockton is the third high-profile stallion to pass away in Korea this year following the deaths of Yankee Victor and The Groom Is Red.

– Ft. Stockton’s Pedigree Query page and his Korean Stud Book entry.

Weekend Preview

KNN Cup at Busan / Owners’ Trophy at Seoul

It’s set to be a Super Stakes Sunday as the KNN Cup at Busan and the Seoul Racehorse Owners’ Association (SROA) Trophy headline a busy weekend of action on the peninsula.

Yeonseung Daero and Choi Si Dae will go for the KNN Cup

Down south, the KNN brings together a pair of Derby Winners in Cheonnyeon Daero and Ebony Storm as well as President’s Cup Champion Dangdae Bulpae and Governor’s Cup winner Yeonseung Daero.

Classic placed Triple Sinhwa and prolific winner Lucky Dancer also join a star-studded line-up who will race over a mile in one of the most eagerly anticipated contests of the year (see blow for a full list of runners and riders).

Up at Seoul, it’s the Owners’ Trophy which is one of the biggest races of the year for foreign bred fillies and mares. Having said that, plenty of Korean bred fillies will be taking their chance including well-known names such as Love Cat, Cheonun and recent Stakes winner Raon Glory. We’ll have a full preview of the race – in which young jockey Kim Hae Sun will get her first Stakes ride – on the blog on Saturday.

Mai Beppu returns this weekend

Also this weekend sees a welcome return to action for jockey Mai Beppu.

The Japanese rider suffered an injury exiting the starting gate on just her second day of racing in Korea back in March after just five rides. She has several chances this weekend.

Here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday June 10

Busan Race Park: 9 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 9 races from 13:30 to 17:30

Saturday June 11

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 17:30
Jeju Race Park: 10 races from 12:30 to 17:30

Sunday June 12

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:10 including the SROA Trophy at 16:45
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:15 including the KNN Cup at 16:15

* And here is a full run-down of the field for the KNN Cup – all are Korean bred and the race is a handicap:
(Name (Pedigree) – Age, Sex, Weight to Carry – Races/1sts/2nds/3rds) – Jockey

KNN Cup – Busan Race Park – 1600M – Sunday June 12, 16:15

1. Annika Queen (Ft. Stockton) – 7,M,50Kg (46/6/7/0) – Hwang Jong Woo
2. Super Chocolate (Silent Warrior) – 4,G,50Kg (24/4/2/3) – Kim Tae Kyung
3. Pick Me Up (Time Star) – 9,H,50Kg (71/8/13/9) – Jo Chang Wook
4. Ebony Storm (Buster’s Daydream) – 6,G,54.5Kg – (32/8/5/5) – You Hyun Myung
5. Dangdae Bulpae (Biwa Shinseiki) – 4,C,58.5Kg – (16/11/1/1) – Jo Sung Gon
6. Triple Sinwha (Capital Spending) – 4,C,55.5Kg – (16/6/6/0) – Chae Gyu Jun
7. Lucky Dancer (Fiercely) – 6,H,56.5Kg – (28/11/3/3) – Toshio Uchida
8. Cheonnyeon Daero (Creek Cat) – 4,C,57.5Kg – (21/7/8/3) – Park Geum Man
9. Crown Flag (Volponi) – 4,F,50Kg – (22/2/3/7) – Kim Myoung Sin
10. Coming Through (Bon Vivant) – 4,C,50Kg – (16/3/6/1) – Jo Chan Hoon
11. Yeonseung Daero (Creek Cat) – 5,H,58.5Kg – (32/14/6/5) – Choi Si Dae
12. Gangjaui Beopchik (Fortitude) – 6,G,50Kg – (33/6/3/4) – Kim Do Hyun

After Government Bans Floodlit Golf, Will Night Racing Be Next?

High Oil Prices Could see a Repeat of 2008 Cancellation of Evening Program

Korea’s traditional summer night racing program could be under threat after the Korean government banned Golf courses across the peninsula from using their floodlights in order to save electricity. The measure, which came into effect in March will only be repealed if crude oil prices are recorded as being below $100 per barrel for five consecutive days.

The lights come on at Seoul - will they be kept off this year?

Korea, which must import 100% of its oil, is very sensitive to the prospect of fuel shortages and in 2008, the KRA dropped its plans for summer evening racing after the global oil price rocketed. Neither Baseball nor Football (Soccer) are affected by the measures and, while technically, the rules only come into effect at midnight each day, given the KRA’s status as a branch of the Agricultural Ministry, it would make sense if the evening program was abandoned to set an energy-saving example.

Currently, racing is scheduled to switch to the evenings at all three Race courses (Seoul, Busan and Jeju) from the weekend beginning Friday July 15 and continuing until Sunday August 20 with the last weekend of July being blank. “Evening” racing generally gets underway at Seoul at around 2:30pm continuing until 9pm with the lights on from about 7pm.

Of course, if it does happen the fixtures themselves will still go ahead but will be run during daylight hours.