Yapung Leads Home A Menifee Trifecta In Breeders’ Cup

Yapung’s late charge saw him claim Champion Juvenile status by winning the Breeders’ Cup Stakes, the nation’s top race two-year olds at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.

The colt, who had to come through heavy traffic before grinding down the field in the home straight, led home a one/two/three for his sire Menifee who has not only already been crowned Champion sire of this year, now looks set to be so for the foreseeable future too.

For the second week in a row in a Stakes race at Seoul there were ugly scenes. This time it was Kim Hae Sun on outsider Storm Music, who was responsible for starting a chain of events that ultimately saw Jo In Kwen unseated from Rapide Bullet in the back straight. Like Cho Kyoung Ho last week, jockey Kim finds her season prematurely ended by the stewards.

Yapung was able to avoid the trouble but still had plenty of work to do in the final two furlongs. Under Park Geum Man, he managed to find plenty and the manner of his acceleration suggests that there will be plenty more to come from him as a three-year old next year.

Sire Menifee is now responsible for almost twice as much prize money than his nearest rival, 2011 champion sire Exploit. The sixteen year old stallion fell critically ill earlier this year and required a team of vets to be flown in to save him. Even with foals from the likes of Ecton Park, One Cool Cat and Officer soon to hit the track, Menifee is undoubtedly by far and away the KRA’s top breeding asset.

Breeders’ Cup (KOR G3) – Seoul Race Park – 1300M – November 25, 2012

1. Yapung (KOR) [Menifee-Wild Life (Wild Again)] – Park Geum Man – 5.3, 1.5
2. K Tap (KOR) [Menifee-Summit Party (Ecton Park)] – Park Tae Jong – 1.1
3. Fantastic Jazz (KOR) [Meniffe-Sorority Jazz (Dixieland Band)] – Kim Yong Geun – 2.0

Distances: 1.5 lengths/1 length – 10 ran

In other news this weekend, there was a maiden victory for two-year old gelding My Key (Macho Uno-Worldly Pleasure) at Busan on Friday. My Key is a half-brother to US champion racehorse Game On Dude, through their dam, Worldly Pleasure.

Worldly Pleasure was purchased by Jeju Island’s Nokwon Farm in December 2009 while she was in foal to Macho Uno but before Game On Dude started winning big races in the US. Just before the 2011 Breeders’ Cup (the real one, not the pretend one we had at Seoul today) she was sold on to Japan’s vast Shadai operation in exchange for a number of broodmares and a sizable wad of Yen.

While at Nokwon she was covered by Volponi and the resulting colt is now a yearling. Meanwhile, the result of her liaison with Macho Uno was My Key and here he is winning by an impressive 11 lengths on Friday:

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5 comments

  1. My understanding is that Cho Kyoung Ho didn’t ride this weekend to ride on the last week of the year (possibly Grand Prix week). Can you update on that and how serious is Jo In Kwen’s injury? Thanx and Merry Xmas in advance.

    1. The Grand Prix is on December 9 (penultimate weekend of the season) and he got 6 days so he’d still be suspended for that regardless. As far as I’m aware there was no appeal – there was certainly nothing in this week’s stewards’ reports about it, though I will check (and I can’t imagine that even in Korea he could successfully appeal at getting 6 days for that-if he has, I’m done with racing here!).

      When his ban was handed down, it was stated that it would began on Dec 1 specifically to allow him to ride in the Breeders’ Cup, Grand Prix was never an option. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s just decided to call it quits for the year but we’ll see.

      As for Jo In Kwen, I’ve not heard anything, which is good news I suppose.

  2. Thanks for the update. I was thinking the Grand Prix was on the 16th. Might be an interesting race. Although I like Dongdae Pulpae very much I have a little doubt over extra 300 meters. Dry track and extra 300 will suit the derby winner but any track condition favoring the front runners will hinder his chances but I’m confident he can stay all day. Gives me the impression of a true stayer on the other hand Dongdae Pulpae more look like a champion middle distance galloper very effective upto 2000 meters.

    1. They seem very confident about Dangdae Bulpae this time – obviously he didn’t stay two years ago and they didn’t even bother coming last what with Mister Park there but I think this year they are counting on him being able to hold on while Tough Win does something stupid.

      Looks like Jigeum I Sungan (the Derby winner) won’t be running, unfortunately.

  3. It’s bad luck the derby winner is not running. I think he is out and out stayer but unfortunately in Korea the most races are upto 2000 meters.Maybe it’s a smart move not to send a young horse to a deep end after all. Dongdae Pulpae is a seasoned campaigner in top form and can even start fav ahead of Tough Win depending on the replacement jockey. Jo Duck Young rides a lot for the trainer but not sure about this one. As you said Choi Bum Hyun might get the nod. Either way I’m looking forward to it.

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