Feel So Good, who in September this year became the first ever Korean bred horse to win a race in the United States, breezed to a 12 length win in his Korean debut at Seoul Race Park on Saturday.
The three-year old gelding was far too good for a class 5 field over seven furlongs in freezing conditions, taking the lead with a furlong and a half to run and easily stretching away.
Feel So Good (Ft.Stockton – Courting Dreams (Eastover Court)] was bred in Korea but was shipped to Ocala in Florida as a yearling to undergo early training as part of an experiment by the Korea Racing Authority who remain perplexed at how locally bred horses – despite a host of good stallions in Korea these days – still regularly get beaten by cheap imports with inferior blood lines.
Feel So Good’s training culminated with victory in a race at Calder Racecourse this September. Immediately after his win, the gelding was returned to Korea where he was sold by the KRA to a private owner for 291,000,000 won (about $260,000)- a record for a Korean bred horse.
He’s become the first high-profile addition to the stable of Korea’s first female trainer, Lee Shin Young and is likely to be a contender for the nation’s biggest Stakes races in 2013.
Sunday 23 December
Seoul Race Park: 14 races from 11:00 to 17:50