Well that didn’t take long. The Korean Racing Journal has reported that Worldly Pleasure, dam of Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Game On Dude, is likely to move to Japan.
As Game On Dude burnished his reputation throughout this year in the USA, Worldly Pleasure’s owners, Nokwon Farm of Jeju Island, reportedly received a number of offers for her. They held on until after the Classic and, keen to see her stay in Asia, finally decided to accept one from Shadai Stallion Farm, a set-up that Nokwon has had dealings with before.
Although the terms of the deal have not been made public, it is believed that Nokwon will in addition to cash, receive at least one broodmare in return.
Whatever the value of the sale, it’s seems that Nokwon have pulled off a shrewd piece of business with Worldly Pleasure [Devil His Due-Fast Pleasure (Fast Play)], who they purchased for $15,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock in 2009. She arrived in Korea in foal to Macho Uno, giving birth to a colt shortly after arrival and while on Jeju she delivered a filly by Volponi. Both are at present still expected to run in Korea. This year she was covered by Nokwon Farm’s own Japanese stallion Admire Don.
According to the report by the Journal, if all goes to plan, Worldly Pleasure could be sent to Deep Impact in the 2012 breeding season.
It’s not the first time that a broodmare has been sold on from Korea after her earlier progeny unexpectedly came good at home. In 2005, First Violin (Dixieland Band) was imported from the USA, only to re re-exported back home after her colt Dominican won the 2007 Bluegrass Stakes.