Remember Bulpae, a 37/1 outsider, came through with a fast late run to win the Japan Racing Association Trophy at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
Remember Bulpae (After Market), an $11,000 purchase from Ocala last Spring, came into the race with 2 wins from his previous 6 starts but wasn’t given much chance against such highly thought of young imports as Dongbanjaui Gijeok (Half Ours), who was sent off as favourite.
Indeed it was Dongbanjaui Gijeok, along with Pureun Miso (Malibu Moon) who set a fast pace out of the gate and looked likely to contest the finish between them until Jo In Kwen brought Remember Bulpae down the outside to sweep past them within metres of the line.
Japan Racing Association Trophy – Seoul Race Park – 1200M – May 18, 2013
1. Remember Bulpae (USA) [After Market – Arrested Dreams (Dehere)] – Jo In Kwen – 37.9, 10.6
2. Pureun Miso (USA) [Malibu Moon – Marina Da Chavon (Exploit)] – Jun Duck Young – 2.5
3. Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) [Half Ours – Feisty Cherokee (Cherokee Run)] – Choi Bum Hyun – 1.4
Distances: 0.5 lengths / 1 length
Also ran: 4. Wonder Bolt (USA) 5. Happy Dancer (USA) 6. Hwanggeumjijon (USA) 7. Jeongsang Maru (USA) 8. Yeoui Gold (KOR) 9. Argo Prince (USA) 10. Jeilgosu (AUS) 11. Sudden Fortune (USA) 12. Shannon Memories (USA) 13. Yaho Dolphins (USA) 14. No Fear Man (USA)
* The JRA Trophy is always held the day before the Korean Derby and this year there is another link between the two races. Straight Cash, dam of KRA Cup Mile winner and likely Derby favourite Sting Ray, won the JRA Trophy in 2005.