Horse Racing

Charming Girl – 0 for 100 – To Be Retired This Month

Charming Girl, the 8-year-old mare who reached the somewhat questionable landmark of 100 starts with 0 victories last Sunday, will be retired later this month.

Charming Girl and Yoo Mi Ra return after another defeat

Charming Girl and Yoo Mi Ra return after another defeat (KRA)

Owner Byun Young Nam said that Charming Girl (Pacific Bounty) will make one more start at the end of September before leaving Seoul Racecourse for good, presumably with a record of 0 for 101.

She will be retired to Gungpyeong Farm in Gyeonggi Province for retraining for recreational riding or dressage.

In her 96th race in May, Charming Girl broke the Korean record for most starts without a victory. She has been ridden on 80 occasions by jockey Yoo Mi Ra.

Korea vs Japan in SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup Set For September 1

Overseas-trained horses will run in Korea for the very first time as three Japanese runners will make the trip to Seoul for the SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup on September 1. In November, three Korean horses will make the return trip to Tokyo.

It's Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Goodwill Cup

It’s Korea vs Japan in the SBS ESPN Cup

After what has been a long process to win government approval due to Korea’s strict quarantine rules, the Japanese entrants will arrive in Korea on August 22 and be transported directly to a special quarantine zone in Seoul Racecourse. Japanese jockeys will be in-town to ride in the race.

The visitors, 8-year old Final Score, 9-year old Tosen Archer and 5-year old Big Gulliver will line up against a maximum of 11 Korean-trained horses with Grand Prix Stakes and Busan Metropolitan Stakes winner Tough Win set to head the home challenge.

In a major coup, the 7-furlong race will be shown live on SBS ESPN, Korea’s leading cable and satellite Sports Network, who will also lend their name to the event.

The return leg, at Ohi Racecourse on Tuesday November 26 – the “Japan Collaboration Cup” – will be run over 6 furlongs and, like the first leg in Seoul, will have a prize fund approaching $250,000.

A maximum of 14 horses will run in each race. Here’s a rundown of the entrants at this stage (Name [Sire] Age, Sex (Starts/1/2/3):

SBS ESPN Korea/Japan Goodwill Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – September 1, 2013 – 16:20

Japan

Final Score (JPN) [Fusaichi Pegasus] 8 Horse (36/6/7/4)
Tosen Archer (JPN) [Barathea] 9 Horse (47/5/2/2)
Big Gulliver (JPN) [Tap Dance City] 5 Horse (28/8/8/2)

Korea

Pureun Miso (USA) [Malibu Moon] 3 Filly (10/4/1/3)
Tough Win (USA) [Yonaguska] 6 Gelding (29/22/2/1)
Sydney Jewelry (AUS) [Lion Heart] 4 Colt (13/6/2/1)
Sing Sing Cat (USA) [D’Wildcat] 5 Horse (26/10/3/1)
Maengsan Horangi (USA) [El Nino] 4 Gelding (12/5/3/1)
Nolbu Manse (USA) [Simon Pure] 4 Colt (22/5/4/3)
Dongbanjaui Gijeok (USA) [Half Ours] 3 Colt (9/5/2/0)
Murangae (USA) [Sunriver] 4 Gelding (25/1/6/4)
Celebrate Tonight (USA) [Songandaprayer] 5 Horse (24/5/2/4)
Remember Bulpae (USA) [After Market] 3 Horse (8/4/1/1)
Stradiot (AUS) [Strada] 4 Colt (14/3/1/1)
Damyang Chukjae (USA) [Good Reward] 4 Colt (15/3/2/2)

(3yo’s will carry 55Kg and 4yo’s 57Kg. Fillies & Mares receive a 2Kg allowance).

Wolsley’s Star Khaosan Marks 50th Start With Win At Busan

Peter Wolsley started training at Busan just before Christmas in 2007, becoming the first westerner to take up a license in Korea. When he first arrived, he wasn’t given much to train, getting the ones no-one else wanted. In early 2008, a 3-year-old colt arrived in his barn.

Aussie trainer Peter Wolsley with Khaosan

Aussie trainer Peter Wolsley with Khaosan

Initially, this one wasn’t exactly the second coming of Phar Lap. He “ran” 5 furlongs in 70 seconds in his first official race-trial and therefore failed to qualify. The colt was given another chance the following month and this time he came through. Since then Khaosan [Sunday Well – Mogaung (Jade Hunter)] hasn’t looked back.

Today at Busan, Khaosan, now 8-years old (and gelded) made his 50th start for Wolsley and the tough, battling horse held off a class 1 field to record the 9th win of his career.

Those 9 wins don’t tell the whole story though. Khaosan has also finished 2nd 11 times and 3rd on 8 occasions becoming a punters’ favourite for their quinella slips in the process.

He has a Stakes victory – trainer Wolsley’s only one to date – to his name, winning the 2011 Owners’ Cup after Cheonnyeon Daero was disqualified. He backed up that performance a month later by travelling to Seoul and finishing 4th in the President’s Cup, Korea’s richest race. Indeed, he has only finished outside the money 7 times, winning nearly $1Million in total prize money.

Khaosan has also been a great friend to visiting foreign jockeys. Danny Craven, Deryl Daniels, Martin Wepner, Kunihisa Hirase, the late Yoshi Aoki, Nathan Stanley, Gerrit Schlechter and Joe Fujii have all ridden him to prize-money finishes over the years.

Always likely to find at least one or two faster than him in the very biggest races, there will be fewer who are gamer or more consistent or sound. Indeed, his only significant time away from the track were the 5 months in 2009 during which he had the operation that means there will be no Khaosan Juniors once his racing days are done.

Both Peter Wolsley, now with 167 training wins, and Khaosan, have come a very long way since that disappointing early morning race trial in May 2008. Hopefully there is still plenty more to look forward to from them

Khaosan’s 9th win:

Mister Park, Champion Racehorse, 2007-2012

Mister Park, 2007-2012 (Picture: KRA)

The lot of a gelding is often to keep on running until either age or injury catches up. But for Mister Park it wasn’t supposed to end like this. Not now, not in the prime of what was already a glorious career. Going into race 5 on Sunday, a simple tune-up for bigger challenges to come, he had won 19 of the 21 starts he’d made and on a warm afternoon in Busan, there was no reason to think this would be anything other than routine win number 20.

He was carrying 63kg in this mile-long handicap. It was a lot, the most he’d ever carried and 8kg more than any other horse in the race. A lot of people were not very happy about the new increased weights that had recently come into force, but it wasn’t cause for much concern. After all, the favourite really was 8kg better than the others and, like most horses, he had carried more than that weight on many mornings in trackwork.

The gates opened and Mister Park broke well, settling into third place and, as they exited the long back straight and rounded the home turn, he seemed to be well-positioned to make his move. Suddenly though, something looked wrong. He was too wide and then too slow. Then came the stumble, the awful sign that this was serious.

For those of us watching on TV from Seoul Racecourse, that was the last we saw of him. The race went on but as the remaining field crossed the line, the track TV coverage immediately cut back to the scene. Unprecedented. In Korea the coverage is strictly business, a game of numbers where all that matters is in which order they cross the line; show the race, confirm the finishing order and the pay-outs and move on. But not this time.

Few had noticed that Ebony Storm, the 2008 Korean Derby winner, had won the race but everybody knew something terrible had happened on that final corner. Usually when an odds-on favourite has lost, regardless of the circumstances, there is agitation and anger among the crowd. But not this time. At Busan and at Seoul there was silence. As the live shot returned, the racecaller didn’t know what to say. In the end, all he said was what everybody already knew: “That’s Mister Park”.

Mister Park was standing, tall and proud but his head was bobbing up and down. The vet and the ambulance were there. His jockey had taken care of him, stopped him, dismounted and supported him, taking as much weight off his stricken leg as possible until help arrived.

It looked like a fracture but the emergency team got him off the track and into the KRA’s Equine Hospital. The live-feed cut back to Seoul where the Sports Chosun Cup was about to start and then, predictably, rumours began. Around the paddock in the capital, there were loud shouts from some in the crowd for Tough Win, Mister Park’s great rival, who was scheduled to carry even more weight in a later race, to be scratched (ultimately he would race and win, although not without cost).

Those initial rumors were encouraging. Ligament damage. We’d seen that before with another popular horse – Baekgwang had recovered from ligament damage. Pictures of Mister Park in the hospital were circulated and speculation moved on from his chances of not just surviving but even actually racing again.

Later though, around 7 in the evening and with the tracks empty, the truth came out. A complete rupture of the distal sesamoid ligament with little prospect of any meaningful recovery. Owner Kwak Jong Soo took the decision to allow his horse to be euthanized.

Mister Park and owner Kwak Jong Soo

Two months ago Mr. Kwak had been up at Seoul Racecourse to visit an exhibition in honour of his horse. Mister Park [Ecton Park-Formal Deal (Formal Gold)] had set a new Korean record of 17 consecutive victories.

Chest puffed out with pride, Mr. Kwak nevertheless look shocked that people would come to look at pictures of his horse. Shocked that they wanted to have their picture taken with a cardboard cut-out of his horse. Shocked too to learn that, through the internet, some people in other countries knew his horse’s name, that the gelding he referred to as “Park-shi” was famous beyond traditional Korean racing circles.

Gallery showing all of Mister Park’s win pictures from his record-breaking streak

His horse was a genuine star though. Mister Park’s feats had appeared on the national TV news, extraordinary in a country where racing, while massively attended, is considered a betting game, not a sport, a poor man’s vice. Yet Mister Park had a documentary made about him and there was even a “limited edition” children’s stuffed toy produced of him, complete with his distinctive pacifier headgear. Touchingly these have appeared in a number of the many online tributes that have been paid to him so far.

Part of the “troika” – with Tough Win and Smarty Moonhak – who were expected to compete for the nation’s biggest races later this year, Mister Park was perhaps as close as any horse has ever been to being a household name in Korea.

Champion: Mister Park

Mister Park finished third on his race debut on November 27, 2009 but went on to win his next 17, including the 2010 Grand Prix Stakes. During that time, he encountered and defeated every possible big name rival on the peninsula. Tough Win, Dangdae Bulpae (several times), and Dongbanui Gangja were among his many victims. Completing his record-breaking streak in October last year, he was named Horse of the Year for 2011.

Owner Kwak had always campaigned him conservatively and was desperate for him not to lose his unbeaten record. He had avoided running him in the Busan Metropolitan City Stakes last summer and had to be cajoled by trainer Kim Young Kwan into coming back to Seoul to defend his Grand Prix title at the end of the year and in doing so put his winning streak on the line.

Tough Win got the better of him that day but it was not by much and, as trainer Kim told Kwak at the end of the race in a conversation caught by the TV cameras, Mister Park lost nothing in defeat. With a young, raw and precociously talented Smarty Moonhak just behind them, we may have seen a finish contested between three of the best horses we’ve ever been privileged to have run in this country.

The “Troika” – Smarty Moonhak, Tough Win and Mister Park battle for the 2011 Grand Prix Stakes (Ilgan Sports)

Sadly, there won’t be a rematch. Mister Park deserved better than to meet his end underneath 63kg in a race that would normally be forgotten about the moment it was over. He deserved the opportunity to take his Grand Prix back. Moreover, he deserved the retirement that his owner was determined to give him when he was no longer the best.

Most of all, like every single one of those horses who don’t return home safely after being sent out to run for our pleasure, he deserved to live. Racing will go on, his record may never be beaten. But Mister Park is gone.

Mister Park was special to a lot of people (Pic: News1)

Bally Brae, Former Horse Of The Year and Grand Prix Winner, Retired Aged 10 As Little Sister Breaks Maiden

Last Saturday at Seoul may hae drawn most attention for a jockey picking up a 6 month ban for a foolish ride, however, amongst the winners of 12 relatively low-key races, there was one notable filly, who broke her maiden at the fifth attempt.

Global Bally [Forest Camp-Political Bluff (Unaccounted For)] took victory in race 3 by a length and a half at odds of 6/1. She is the half-sister of Bally Brae, Korea’s Horse Of The Year in 2006 and Grand Prix Stakes winner in 2007 and her win came one month after the 10-year-old finished 9th in what would be his final ever outing at Seoul Race Park.

Bally Brae and Moon Se Young win the 2007 Grand Prix Stakes (KRA)

The American bred Bally Brae [Yarrow Brae – Political Bluff (Unaccounted For)] is one of a few horses, Subsidy, Luna, Baekgwang, Baekpa who established themselves both as a champion racehorse and as a firm fan-favourite.

Imported in January 2006 after being (so the story goes) spotted in the US by Hong Dae You, then a jockey. His debut, with Hong in the saddle, was a winning one and began a run of four straight wins culminating in triumph in the 2006 Selangor Turf Club Trophy. A pair of Stakes runner-up finishes later and he found himself lining up for the Grand Prix Stakes at the end of the 2006 season. He wouldn’t win, leading most of the way before finishing second to Flying Cat (Western Cat).

It was in 2006 that he began the rivalry for which he will be most remembered. Bally Brae and Subsidy (Mr. Prospector) traded big handicap wins with each other throughout that year and 2007 – Subsidy getting the better of their most memorable battle. It was Bally Brae, however, now with Hong Dae You as trainer and Moon Se Young in the saddle, who claimed the biggest win of his career in the 2007 Grand Prix, with Subsidy four lengths adrift.

Bally Brae would continue to be the top horse on the peninsula in 2008. However, he was being restricted by a high handicap mark and defeat to Dongbanui Gangja (Broken Vow) in that year’s Grand Prix heralded the start of the changing of the guard. Two wins and a second place to start 2009 showed that there was still plenty of life left in the now seven-year old, but an injury then began to cause him problems. Although he recovered quickly, he never quite regained his old speed.

Despite this, he started 2010 with three straight wins. Inevitably this put his handicap mark back up and, over the next two years, while he regularly finished in the money, he would only score one more win. In another symbolic changing of the guard, earlier this year, both he and Dongbanui Gangja finished more than 10 lengths adrift of the new star, Smarty Moonhak (Smarty Jones).

His owners had pledged to retire him if he became uncompetitive and, after running ninth on April 14th, it was announced that he would not race again. Instead, he has been sent to the Korea Horse Affairs High School – a specialist school in Jeolla Province, run by the KRA which, in addition to the standard school curriculum, equips students with the skills they need to go on to work in the racing and equestrian industries. There he will have the status of “Visiting Professor” and, still race fit, will be ridden by the next generation of aspiring jockeys.

Bally Brae and Hong Dae You, first his jockey, then his trainer (KRA)

Bally Brae’s dam, Political Bluff, was imported to Korea in 2007. It is common practice for the KRA to buy the dams of good imported racehorses. the dams of Dongbanui Gangja and Tough Win have both arrived in Korea in recent years.

As for Global Bally, trained by Hong Dae You and ridden by Moon Se Young, she has a long way to go to emulate her big brother. With that first win under her belt though, she is finally on her way.

* Bally Brae’s great rival Subsidy was retired in 2010. Retrained as a riding horse, he sadly died in a paddock accident earlier this year.

2011 – Records Broken, Movies Made, Retirements & Replacements

We’re just a few days away from the start of the 2012 racing season so there’s just time to look back at some of the big events in Korean racing in 2011, selected not necessarily in order of importance:

Mister Park wins for a record-breaking 16th consecutive time (KRA)

Mister Park Breaks the Record – In the US there was Rapid Redux. In Korea in 2011 there was Mister Park. In fact they would probably give each other quite a good race. In September, he surpassed Po Gyeong Seon and Saegangja, horses who have almost mythical status among Korean racing fans, with whom he was tied on fifteen wins, to claim the all-time record. He would extend his streak to seventeen before coming unstuck in an epic Grand Prix Stakes at Seoul in December.

Some of the shine was taken off when connections avoided going for the record in the Busan Metropolitan but regardless of this – and regardless of his defeat to Tough Win in the Grand Prix – Mister Park has done something no horse has been able to do in Korea before. For that, he is this blog’s Horse Of The Year.

Jang Chu Yeol 's Win Picture in the USA

Jang Chu Yeol Rides Winners in the USA – It shouldn’t really be a big story but it is. Young Korean jockeys at Seoul are getting better and better and most now get sent overseas for a short spell to expose them to different riding styles. Some have been to South Africa and some to Australia.

Jang Chu Yeol went to the USA and in November, rode 2 winners at Charles Town, the first Korean jockey to do so. Despite taking those two months out, Jang finished eleventh in the Seoul championship, one place behind…

Kim Hae Sun – Third year jockey Kim Hae Sun looks well set to become the first Korean female jockey to break through to the elite level, riding an impressive 29 winners in 2011. Now comes the difficult bit as she has ridden out her weight allowance and now will be competing on equal terms with the best in the weighing room. Part of Kim’s success has come with a certain new trainer, which brings us onto the next entry…

Kim Hae Sun contemplates getting on her horse in the snow-filled paddock - she got on 29 winners in 2011

Lee Shin Young – Last year she made this list by being the first Korean woman to earn a trainer’s licence. In 2011, she took control of her own barn and by the end of the year had landed 8 winners from her 51 runners, with Kim Hae Sun riding the majority of them.

Shin Woo Chul waits patiently for his interview after Tough Win landed him his 1000th career win as a trainer

Shin Woo Chul trains 1000 winners – The veteran trainer leads the all-time list and scored his 1000th winner in 2011. Fittingly it was Tough Win who got him the milestone victory and it was the same horse who crowned a wonderful year for him by winning the Grand Prix Stakes in December.

The KRA gets a new Chairman – Kim Gwang Won came to the end of his term in September this year and, after a delay of two months, was replaced by Jang Tae Pyeong. A career civil servant, the 62-year-old Jang joins a KRA that has been treading water recently. While former Chairman Kim was popular in some quarters, he leaves behind problems. The new track at Yeongcheon (a ridiculous place for a racecourse) is running into regulatory trouble, as is a KRA Plaza in Seocho in Seoul. Chairman Kim tried hard but Chairman Jang will need to try harder.

A diverse lot, aren't they?. Jang Tae Pyung and the KRA (front row, centre-KRA)

Korea Exports Racehorses – Three Korean bred racehorses were exported to Malaysia in October reflecting the rapid development made by the local breeding industry.

Publicity poster for the movie "Champ"

Champ – The racing movie starring Cha Tae Hyeon and very loosely based on the story of champion racemare Luna was released in September. Unlike last year’s “Grand Prix” it was a good watch and even has a cameo from South African Martin Wepner at the end riding the real Luna. Unfortunately, an on-set accident involving a horse cast a long shadow over the production.

Sires – The battle for leading sire went down to the last day of the season and was eventually won by Exploit. Just behind were Menifee and Vicar. With Forest Camp strolling the freshman sire list and with Ecton Park foals about to start racing, next year looks like it’s going to be very interesting.

A Two-Year-Old Comes Third In The Grand Prix – The Smarty Jones colt Smarty Moonhak was beaten on his debut but won his next four in a canter, including the Turkey Jockey Club Trophy. He was billed as the future of Korean racing. The first two-year-ol to ever run in the Grand Prix Stakes, in finishing third, just behind Tough Win and Mister Park, Smarty Moonhak showed that he’s very much the present of Korean racing.

Smarty Moonhak (KRA)

Smarty Moonhak, Mister Park and Tough Win were the biggest names of 2011 but they were joined by the likes of Yeonseung Daero, Dangdae Bulpae, Cheonnyeon Daero, Gwangyajeil, Useung Touch, Ace Galloper and Dongseo Jeongbeol – Stakes winners all. Lion Santa went nine races unbeaten at Busan while Khaosan gave Peter Wolsley his first Stakes winner. The great Bally Brae kept on winning into his ninth year while the equally great Baekgwang was retired.

Of course, only a small minority of horses who make it into this blog and indeed into the winner’s circle. Racing would not run without them and it is worth taking a moment to remember the contribution that the likes of Charming Girl, Haneulcheoreom, Perfect Love and all the other old-stagers make. Some have good owners, some do not. Jang Tae Pyeong would do well to pay more attention to this area in 2012.

Can a Two-Year Old Really Win The Grand Prix? Smarty Moonhak Could Be The First To Try

Smarty Jones Colt is First Juvenile in History to be voted into Grand Prix

The season ending Grand Prix Stakes is the most prestigious race on the Korean calendar. The President’s Cup may be richer but it is only open to Korean bred horses whereas the Grand Prix is open to any horse nominated by their connections and then voted in by the punting public.

Could Smarty Moonhak really find his way into the Grand Prix winner's circle?

With the odd exception when a motivated owner has run an enthusiastic campaign to get their lesser-known horse in, there are usually few surprises. However, this year when punters received their ballot papers just over a week ago, they were greeted with something few thought likely to ever happen. A two-year old colt was on the list.

The colt was US import Smarty Moonhak. Intrigued, they naturally voted him in and now he is, in just his fifth lifetime start, set to line up against the very best on the peninsula in a race that is not only the nation’s biggest, but at 2300 metres, is also the longest.

Eyebrows had already been raised last month when Smarty Moonhak [Smarty Jones-Madeira M’Dear] was entered in the Turkey Jockey Club Trophy. Not because it was a race he couldn’t win – he did, easily – but that in winning it, he would be bumped up in class prematurely and miss the chance of winning his owners some easy money as he gradually progressed through the ranks. Now it seems that all along, the Grand Prix was the ultimate goal. If so, they evidently believe that in Smarty Moonhak, they have something special on their hands.

In its thirty year history, a two-year old has never even run in the Grand Prix, let alone won it. While double President’s Cup winner Dangdae Bulpae and unbeaten US three-year old Lion Santa were both withdrawn from nominations, if he runs, Smarty Moonhak will still face a formidable field at Seoul Race Park at dusk on Sunday December 11.

Last year’s winner Mister Park, unbeaten in his last seventeen races – the longest winning streak in Korean racing history – will be the favourite but he’ll be running into Ace Galloper, Seoul’s best horse, on home territory. Then there is Tough Win and also the 2010 Korean Derby winner Cheonnyeon Daero, aiming for one last hurrah before being retired to stud while Busan Metropolitan winner and last year’s third place finisher Yeonseung Daero comes back for another go.

Minister’s Cup Winner Dongseo Jeongbeol represents this year’s dreadful domestic three-year old crop while Peter Wolsley’s best ever horse in Korea Gyeongkwaehanjilju, who gives the Australian trainer his first ever runner in the Grand Prix.

Could Smarty Moonhak do it? Or are we dealing with over-enthusiastic connections? Having been on the winning line when he won the 1800 metre Turkey Jockey Club Trophy without breaking into a gallop, I thought he could have run another lap. Regardless of the distance, the Grand Prix will be a very different prospect. Everything he’s done so far suggests Smarty Moonhak is the real deal. We’ll see on December 11.

While some will no doubt drop out before the big day, here’s the full line-up of the fourteen horses to receive invitations Name [Pedigree] Sex, Age, Home Track (Runs/1st/2nd/3rd):

Grand Prix (G1) – Seoul Race Park – 2300M – December 11, 2011

1. Dongseo Jeongbeol (KOR) [Vicar-Rendexvous Bay (Wonderloaf)] Colt, 3, Busan (13/7/1/0)
2. Mister Park (KOR) [Ecton Park-Formal Deal (Formal Gold)] Gelding, 4, Busan (18/17/0/1)
3. Cheonnyeon Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat-Doneitmyway (Northen Flagship)] Colt, 4, Busan (27/7/14/3)
4. Yeonseung Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat-Sensationalkris (Cryptoclearance)] Horse, 5, Busan (37/15/7/5)
5. Queen Of Rain (USA) [Lion Heart-Prosperous Move (Arch)] Filly, 3, Busan (13/4/2/3)
6. Tamna Ace (KOR) [Thunder Gulch-Eacape (A.P. Indy)] Colt, 3, Busan (12/9/2/0)
7. Gyeongkwaehanjilju (KOR) [Tapit-Cozzie Maxine (Cozzene)] Colt, 4, Busan (15/9/3/0)
8. Triple Sinhwa (KOR) [Capital Spending-Claudia’s Secret (Crafty Prospector)] Colt, 4, Busan (20/6/7/2)
9. Gippeun Sesang (CAN) [Behrens-Bellus (Saint Ballado)] Horse, 5, Seoul (40/4/4/4)
10. Tough Win (USA) [Yonaguska-Maggie May’s Sword (Sword Dance)] Gelding, 4, Seoul (17/13/2/0)
11. Yodongjewang (KOR) [Field Asuka-Mary Wonder (Shahrastani)] Colt, 4, Seoul (14/5/4/1)
12. Ace Galloper (KOR) [Chapel Royal-Explicitly (Exploit)] Colt, 4, Seoul (21/15/3/1)
13. Smarty Moonhak (USA) [Smarty Jones-Maderia M’Dear (Black Tie Affair)] Colt, 2, Seoul (5/4/1/0)
14. Jumong (USA) [Johar-Foreign Aid (Danzig)] Colt, 4, Seoul (24/8/4/4)

Korean Jockey Gets First Winner In USA

Seoul based apprentice jockey Jang Chu Yeol, currently in the United States for two months of training, rode his first American winner at Charles Town Racetrack in West Virginia last Sunday.

The young rider partnered the John McKee owned and trained Free Humor [Sharp Humor-Southerncomfortgal (Hermitage)] to victory in the tenth and final race of the day – an 8.5 furlong Claimer worth $11,400. Free Humor was the 4/1 fourth favourite in a field of ten.

Since heading to the States last month, Jang has had 17 rides at Charles Town, mostly for McKee, scoring 2 second places before getting his breakthrough win. At home in Seoul, he stands 11th in the 2011 Jockey Championship with 27 wins this year.

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