Ttukseom Cup Champ Eases to KNN Cup / Kkakjaengi Wins Owners’ Trophy
He’d already won the Governor’s Cup, The Minister’s Cup, The President’s Cup and the Ttukseom Cup and today, Dangdae Bulpae was in imperious form as he soundly defeated the best of his peers to win the KNN Cup at Busan Race Park.
Almost all of Busan’s top Korean bred horses were there. Cheonnyeon Daero won the Derby last year before stablemate Dangdae Bulpae, hit his stride. He was the one who got closest to the winner today. However, “closest” is a relative thing when the winner was eased down yet still finished ten lengths ahead of everyone else. Battling into third place was the 2008 Derby winner Ebony Storm. Now a gelding, the six-year-old showed at the front early and stayed on well to beat out Triple Sinhwa, who came close in all three Classics last year.
Disappointment of the race was Yeonseung Daero. Pre-race he was considered Dangdae Bulpae’s biggest threat but, while seemingly well placed as they entered the home straight, the five-year old faded badly to finish out of the money. Also running below-par was Lucky Dancer, meaning the wait goes on for Aussie trainer Peter Wolsley to saddle a Korean Stakes winner.
As for Dangdae Bulpae, it was his twelfth win from seventeen starts and his fifth Stakes. Only one horse stands between him and being the undisputed top Korean bred horse in the country. Mister Park couldn’t run today by virtue of having been sired overseas. Last time they clashed, in the Grand Prix at Seoul, Mister Park won. Their next meeting promises to be very interesting indeed.
Up at Seoul there was also Stakes action in the shape of the Seoul Racehorse Owners’ Association Trophy, one of the biggest races of the year for foreign bred fillies and mares. This year three Korean bred fillies also took their chance.
However, while Love Cat, Cheonun and Raon Glory were all sent off among the favourites, it was imports who swept the placings. In the end it was Segye Ilbo Cup winner Kkakjaengi who took her second Stakes victory of the year as she comfortably held off pre-race favourite Geumbi to take a two-length win. Long-shot Imperial Girl completed the placings with Cheonun coming home fourth.
SROA Trophy (KOR.G.III) – Seoul Race Park – 2000M – June 12, 2011
1. Kkakjaengi (USA) [Put It Back – Wild Dixie Gal (Wild Again)] – Shin Hyoung Chul – 6.6, 2.2
2. Geumbi (USA) [Ecton Park – Lady Justine (Lit De Justice)] – Jo In Kwen – 1.6
3. Imperial Girl (USA) [Imperialism – Wallena (Wallenda)] – Jang Chu Youl – 22.1
Distances: 2 lengths/2 lengths
Also ran: 4. Cheonun (KOR) 5. Gippeumnuri (USA) 6. Jangjagang (USA) 7. Pilseung Korea (JPN) 8. Fortunata (USA) 9. Love Cat (KOR) 10. Sky Center (USA) 11. Blueband Mama (USA) 12. Burning Sky (JPN) 13. Florida Sox (USA) 14. Raon Glory (KOR)
KNN Cup – Busan Race Park – 1600M – June 12, 2011
1. Dangdae Bulpae (KOR) [Biwa Shinseiki – Indeed My Dear (Alydeed) – Jo Sung Gon – 1.8, 1.1
2. Cheonnyeon Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat – Doneitmyway (Northern Flagship)] – Park Geum Man – 1.7
3. Ebony Storm (KOR) [Buster’s Daydream – Sorority Jazz (Dixieland Band)] – You Hyun Myung – 3.7
Distances: 10 lengths/3 lengths
Also ran: 4. Triple Sinhwa 5. Crown Flag 6. Pick Me Up 7. Coming Through 8. Annika Queen 9. Yeonseung Daero 10. Gangjaui Beopchik 11. Lucky Dancer 12. Super Chocolate
With five wins from eight starts, Kkakjaengi will head into class 1 racing as a force to be reckoned with. Today, however, most went home talking about Dangdae Bulpae,who just seems to get better and better.