Didyme, the most successful sire in Korean racing history, passed away last month. He was 22.
The stallion, who had been suffering from circulatory issues, died on December 22 after developing blood-clots while receiving treatment for leg abrasions at the KRA Stud Farm on Jeju Island. He had been in Korea for nearly 18 years.
American bred, Didyme [Dixieland Band – Soundings (Mr. Prospector)] started his racing career in France, winning his debut race at Maisons-Lafitte in July 1992. Two weeks later, he won the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at the same track. He made just two further appearances that year in France and then spent a year away from the racetrack.
When he next appeared, it was in the USA and he would spend the remainder of his racing career in California, picking up two wins at Santa Anita before being retired after a 3rd place finish in the Morvich Handicap in November 1994. A month later, he arrived in Korea.
Didyme’s first foals hit the racetrack in 1998 and that crop led him to the Leading Sire of Three-Year-Olds in 1999. His first Leading General Sire title followed in 2000 and he went on to win four more times, most recently in 2009.
Among his progeny were Korean Derby winner Mupae Gangja and Oaks winner Jeolho Chance. He also sired Areumdaun Jilju, who won 19 out of 32 lifetime starts and the multiple Stakes winning Kwaedo Nanma who has himself gone on to become one of very few Korean bred stallions to be successful at Stud.
The Leading sire of two-year olds in 2011, the best of that crop, Nobel Pokpung, went on to finish 2nd in the Korean Derby.
A fixture in Korean racing for nearly two decades and a horse who has played a huge role in the development of Korean racing, Didyme will be greatly missed.
Here is a video of Didyme at Stud: