You Hyun Myung

You Hyun Myung Rides 1000th Winner

You Hyun Myung has ridden his 1000th career winner. The two-time Busan Champion Jockey became the third Korean rider to reach the milestone with victory on Grand Jilju in race 3 at Busan on Friday.

The forty-year-old You debuted in 2002 at Seoul before relocating to the then brand-new Busan Racecourse in 2005. He rode his first Group winner in 2006 when he partnered the famous Luna in a winning effort in the Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup.

“I’m really happy to have finally done it” the jockey told KRBC on returning to the winner’s circle. “I felt quite a bit of pressure as no-one has done it at Busan before. I really wish that the generation of jockeys who are coming up behind me will do it too and I also hope they can do it faster than I have”.

DIvide Wind 2018

His biggest win to date was in 2010 Grand Prix on Mister Park while he also has two KRA Cup Miles (Rafale in 2015 and Divide Wind in 2018) and a KNN CUp (Haeya in 2018) to his name. His most recent big win came in the G3 Owners’ Cup in July on Blue Chipper, who he may well partner in the Korea Sprint next month.

The only other Korean jockeys to have reached 1000 winners are Park Tae Jong, currently on 2083, and Moon Se Young (1545), both of whom have spent their entire careers at Seoul, which offers more races.

Busan Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (August 3) – You Hyun Myung Chases 1,000 Winners/Seo Seung-un Suspended 3 Months

With Seoul taking its annual one-week summer break, it makes for a rare Saturday card at Busan. There are 8 races on a twilight card from 16:30 to 21:00.


Jockey You Hyung Myung could break the 1000-winner barrier this weekend

Jockey You Hyun Myung begins the weekend on 996 career winners and with fifteen rides across Saturday and Sunday, many of them fancied, looks likely to break the 1,000 winner barrier at some point over the weekend.

It’s less good news for another of Busan’s top jockeys though. Seo Seung-un was suspended for three calendar months last Sunday upon the conclusion of an adjourned inquiry into his ride on Mujeok Veteran in race 4 on Sunday July 21st. Mujeok Veteran, a 9/1 chance, was leading when Seo stopped riding at the furlong pole, not noticing that Nangman Jeonsa was directly behind him and closing fast.

Seo Seung Un Glitter

We’ll not see Seo Seung-un in the saddle until November following his mistake 2 weeks ago

Upon discovering the threat, Seo recommenced riding 50 metres from the line but it was too late and Nangman Jeonsa won by a nose. It’s proven to be a costly mistake.

Here are Saturday’s previews:

Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Competitive maiden to open proceedings with four of the twelve racing for the first time. (4) THUNDER BAY has been steadily improving across five starts to date culminating in a 2nd place last time out over 1300M. He drops back in trip today and could go one better. He isn’t a fast starter though so he has to be careful not to leave himself too much to do. If he does, then (9) STOLEN BEAUTY is likely to be on pace and can take advantage. She weakened badly over 1300M last start but should be much better at the shorter trip today. Other than that pair it’s the debut-makers who look most dangerous. Both (1) HANEOL BULPAE and (10) BIG PICTURE put in useful trial performances and should go well first-up.

Selections (9) Stolen Beauty (4) Thunder Bay (10) Big Picture (1) Haneol Bulpae
Next Best 8, 3
Fast Start 8, 9, 10, 12

Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

Juvenile maidens here with precisely half the ten-strong field having raced once before. The most impressive of those was (6) YEONGWON DYNAMO, who ran 3rd on debut, beating to of the others here in the process on July 5th. He won’t need to improve much if he is to win this. (7) CAPTAIN STEALTH was 4th in that race, three-lengths adrift of Yeongwon Dynamo and he has potential to get closer here while (1) YEONGSEONG BRAVO was further back but likewise should have come on for the run. Among the debut-makers, (4) YEONGGWANGUI START has looked competent over the course of two trials and has every chance of making a positive impact first-up today.

Selections (6) Yeongwon Dynamo (7) Captain Stealth (4) Yeonggwangui Start (1) Yeongseong Bravo
Next Best 9, 3
Fast Start 4, 5, 6, 8

Race3: Class 6 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

(9) TWO TWO CAPTAIN has been knocking on the door for a while now and comes in off the back of three decent showings over this distance. The caliber of opposition he faces today looks significantly weaker and he should finally get that maiden win. (1) ANGEL KING STAR steps up in trip after a solid 3rd over 1300M last time out and looks set to benefit from the additional distance today while (8) JILJU YEOHAENG ran indifferently last time she was tired at a mile but returns after a useful 3rd, also at 1300M, three weeks ago and can go better this time. (3) SEOBU GENTLEMAN and (6) HORTENSE are others with the potential to improve.

Selections (9) Two Two Captain (1) Angel King Star (8) Jilju Yeohaeng (3) Seobu Gentleman
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 3, 8, 9

Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(11) THE FACT was the longest but one shot on the board when getting his maiden win at the fifteenth time of asking just two weeks ago. Normally, we’d be a little bit skeptical of such an outsider repeating the trick right away but he’s not up much in the weights and if anything, faces a weaker set of rivals today. He could win. (4) NEOLBEUN GOEUL returned from six months off to record his maiden win over 1000M in June. He never got going on his first try at this class last month but with a better start today, can be given another chance. (6) THUNDER STRUCK was 5th behind The Fact last start and can get closer today while (8) ONE CHANCE and (9) MAJOR POWER both come in with recent form reading well and can be considered.

Selections (11) The Fact (4) Neolbeun Goeul (6) Thunder Struck (8) One Chance
Next Best 9, 5
Fast Start 2, 4, 8

Race 5: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

It’s about time (1) CURLIN FANTASY got his maiden win. He had a hard time against stiff opposition at 1800M last start but looks to be in a more suitable spot here. Last time he ran at this distance he was 2nd and can come from off the pace with a strong late run here. (8) EAST WIND has also produced some decent performances at this distance and can be a danger while (3) TAP SOCKS showed signs of life on his latest outing with a solid 5th over 1300M and looks ready to try further once more. (4) KARIN won back to back races in May and June, both at this trip and while she struggled on her first try at this level four weeks ago, she can be given another chance under a light weight and with an (more…)

Busan Friday Review

You Hyun Myung ride a true four-timer while Approach continued his march towards Class 1 on a wet Friday afternoon on the South Coast.

With champion jockey Jo Sung Gon having, at least for the time being, relocated to Seoul, You Hyun Myung was always likely to be one of the main beneficiaries. However, the scale of his dominance at Busan this term has nonetheless been a little surprising. On Saturday he rode four consecutive winners – all favourites – in races 4 to 7 to take his total for 2016 to 34 with nearest rival Kim Yong Geun a full 16 behind.

Those four included filly Mad Power (Sharp Humor), who moved onto 2 for 2 in race 5 and US import Super Cheolin (Pure Prize), who took race 7.

You would not have things all his own way though. The well backed Main Stay (Tale Of The Cat), looking for his 6th win in his last 7 starts, got taken down by a nose on the line by Rising Bravo (Discreet Cat) under Choi Si Dae in race 9. And it would be jockey Choi who would claim the day’s feature race too as he guided odds-on favourite Approach (Pico Central) to win the class 2 finale over 1800M. Approach, who missed almost all of his three-year-old campaign, moves on to 6 wins from 10 starts and looks class 1 bound.

In other races three-year-old colt Tohamsan (Kwaedo Nanma) looked good making all for a 5-length win in race 8 and moves on to 3 wins from 4 starts.

Saturday March 19
Seoul Racecourse: 12 races from 10:50 to 18:00
Jeju Racecourse: 9 races from 12:20 to 17:00

Sunday March 20
Seoul Racecourse: 11 races from 10:50 to 18:00
Busan Racecourse: 6 races from 13:00 to 17:00

Heba Wins KNN Cup After Jockey You Hyun Myung Falls From New York Blue

Heba ran off with a three-length win in the KNN Cup, the second leg of the 2015 Queens Tour at Busan Racecourse this afternoon. However, that came after You Hyun Myung, on hot favourite New York Blue, was one of two riders unseated midway through the race.

The incident came as the field began the long turn for home. Winner’s Marine, under Ikuyasu Kurakane shifted in slightly causing Heba to check and clip heels with New York Blue, resulting in jockey You going over the top. Lee Hyeok would also be unseated from Who’s Perfect. Lee was relatively unharmed, however, You was taken to hospital with leg and back injuries.

Heba comfortably beat the rest of the field with Seoul visitor Hay Queen running second and Korean Oaks winner Jangpung Parang taking third. Winner’s Marine, who came home in fifth place was disqualified with jockey Kurakane receiving a four-day ban.

A five-year-old mare, Heba was third in this year’s Busan Mayor’s Cup and today recorded her 8th career win from 34 lifetime starts.

KNN Cup – Busan Racecourse – 1600M – September 20, 2015

1. Heba (USA) [Peace Rules – Sue’s Temper (Temperence Hill)] – Song Keong Yun – 15.7, 2.1
2. Hay Queen (USA) [Hold Me Back – Jack’s Touch (Touch Gold)] – Seo Seung Un – 4.0
3. Jangpung Parang (KOR) [Creek Cat – Ascend The Throne (Silver Charm)] – Kim Yong Geun – 2.2
Distances: 3 lengths / 3 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Super Surf (USA) 5. Halla Chukje (USA) 6. Ms. Margaux (USA) 7. Bear Queen Trophy (USA) 8. Seungbu Sinhwa (USA) 9. Hwanggeumbitjijunghae (KOR) 10. Nauryz (USA)
DNF: New York Blue (USA) Who’s Perfect (USA)
DQ: Winner’s Marine

2014 Review: Jockey & Trainer Titles

Moon Se Young - seen here being greeted by the female members of the weighing room after his 1000th winner, dominated Seoul

Moon Se Young – seen here being greeted by the female members of the weighing room after his 1000th winner, dominated Seoul

Once again, Moon Se Young was unstoppable. During the year he became only the second Korean jockey to reach 1000 career winners and finished the season with 61 more winners than his closest rival. That was Ikuyasu Kurakane and it was the Japanese jockey’s hard work on far less glamorous rides that saw him, despite Moon’s numbers, being awarded “Jockey of the Year” honours.

Seoul Jockey Championship 2014
1. Moon Se Young – 162 (27.1% win ratio)
2. Ikuyasu Kurakane – 101 (14.9%)
3. Seo Seung Un – 93 (15.1%)
4. Ham Wan Sik – 72 (20.6%)
5. Choi Bum Hyun – 56 (14.4%)
6. Yoo Seung Wan – 47 (9.1%)
7. Lee Chan Ho – 47 (13.5%)
8. Park Tae Jong – 40 (10.1%
9. Jang Chu Youl – 35 (8.0%)
10. Park Eul Woon – 35 (12.4%

At Busan, You Hyun Myung just missed out on 100 winners for the season but comfortably took the title. He did have some fortune with former champion Jo Sung Gon spending the first three months of the year in Macau and Joe Fujii missing five months through injury.

Busan Jockey Championship 2014
1. You Hyun Myung – 99 (20.2% win ratio)
2. Kim Yong Geun – 91 (20.1%)
3. Choi Si Dae – 78 (17.8%)
4. Jo Sung Gon – 75 (20.3%)
5. Kim Dong Young – 55 (12.4%)
6. Song Keong Yun – 34 (7.7%)
7. Kanichiro Fujii – 33 (12.2%)
8. Masakazu Tanaka – 29 (8.8%)
9. Lee Hee Cheon – 27 (14.6%)
10. Kim Hyun Joong – 25 (7.9%)

The Seoul Trainers’ title is nothing to get especially excited about but someone has to win it and that someone was Kim Ho. Special mention goes to Lee Shin Young who continues to make strides, finishing in 8th this year with 35 winners.

Seoul Trainer Championship 2014
1. Kim Ho – 50 (12.6% win ratio)
2. Bae Dae Sun – 43 (10.5%)
3. An Byung Ki – 41 (12.3%)
4. Kim Hyo Seob – 40 (15.9%)
5. Ji Yong Cheol – 39 (12.2%)

Kim Young kwan (right) manages to maintain his figure despite having to eat a cake after every Stakes winner. He trains a lot of Stakes winners. (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Kim Young kwan (right) manages to maintain his figure despite having to eat a cake after every Stakes winner. He trains a lot of Stakes winners. (Pic: Ross Holburt)

Down at Busan the competition is stronger mainly due to the presence of two men. The Kim Young Kwan factory continues to churn out winner after winner and hoover up the cream of each year’s horses. 2014 was an exceptional year too for Peter Wolsley, who finished 2nd with a superior strike-rate to Kim and in the process scored his first Triple Crown race win with Never Seen Before in the Minister’s Cup at Seoul.

Busan Trainer Championship 2014
1. Kim Young Kwan – 96 (23.7% win ratio)
2. Peter Wolsley – 65 (25.5%)
3. Baik Kwang Yeol – 48 (10.8%)
4. Kim Jae Sub – 47 (15.4%)
5. Min Jang Gi – 45 (13.1%)

* 2014 was also notable for the retirement of one of Seoul’s most successful jockeys, Cho Kyoung Ho, at the age of 38. The winner of two President’s Cups on Myeongmun Gamun and the Grand Prix Stakes and Busan Metropolitan on Tough Win, Cho did not announce in advance of his final ride that he would be retiring.

Afterwards, he posted a message online citing the pain from a shoulder injury suffered years earlier as having become too great to continue riding. He will be missed.

Also in jockey news, there will be a change in tracks for Oh Kyoung Hoan. It is unusual for Korean jockeys to switch between racecourses and while numerous jockeys relocated to Busan upon the track’s opening in 2005, it has been almost unheard of since. Nevertheless, Oh, who has been riding at Seoul for nearly 15 years, officially relocated to Busan on January 1.

Embraceable You! You Hyun Myung and Royale Embrace Win Ttukseom Cup

She’d shown great promise as a two-year old but then slumped into mediocrity at three. However, today at Seoul, Royale Embrace (Chapel Royal) finally came good by winning the Ttukseom Cup.

Royale Embrace and You Hyun Myung win the Ttukseom Cup (Pic: Ilgan Sports)

Sent off at 17/1, Royale Embrace was taken into an early lead by jockey You Hyun Myung for the seven furlong Stakes event which this year is the first in the three-race “Queens Tour” series for the country’s top fillies and mares. She never let it go.

Favourite Kkakjaengi (Put It Back) rallied late on but she was far too far behind to make an impact. Ultimately it was young Gamdonguibada (Werblin) who got the closest although she too, never looked like denying the winner.

A $13,000 purchase from the Ocala Spring Sale in 2010, Royale Embrace won four of her five starts at Busan and was talked of as being the an eventual Grand Prix contender. Her progress then stalled and while she ran in four Stakes races last year, her highest finish was seventh. With connections not believing she could stay the distance in longer races, she had been restricted to the ultra-competitive (by virtue of their rarity) high level sprints of less than a mile.

Today was one of those but, running at Seoul for the first time, everything went right.

It was no doubt a sweet moment for jockey Yoo Hyun Myung too. His finest moment as a jockey came at Seoul in December 2010 when he partnered Mister Park to the Grand Prix. He seemed at the top of his game but in racing, you are only ever seconds away from your fortunes being reversed.

An injury in early 2011 saw him sidelined for several months and by the time he came back, he found that he had lost his plum rides. Unhappy, he rejected the offer of Mister Park’s trainer, Kim Young Kwan, to ride his second string Dongseo Jeongbeol in the Grand Prix and stayed home in Busan.

As it turned out, Mister Park lost the Grand Prix and today, while Yoo Hyun Myung was winning at Seoul, the record-breaking five-year old was running at Busan with a first-year apprentice on board. Indeed it made for an odd spectacle as his main – and only – rival, two-time President’s Cup winner Dangdae Bulpae (Biwa Shinseiki) also had a newcomer in the saddle.

The reason for this was that both horses are now so high up in the handicap, that connections don’t want to run them unless they can get the weight allowance that is available to an apprentice rider. As it turned out, Mister Park, under Jeong Dong Cheol beat Dangdae Bulpae and Kim Jong Woong by just over a length. Such is their dominance at Busan that the third place horse was a full twenty-six lengths adrift.

It was a busy day of racing. Back at Seoul, 28/1 outsider Ruby Queen (Perfect Champion) won the Sports Donga Trophy while at Busan, Japanese jockey Narazaki Kosuke got his first Class 1 winner on Sand Hi (Stormy Atlantic).

Ttukseom Cup (KOR.G3) – Seoul Race Park – 1400M – Sunday March 25, 2012

1. Royale Embrace (USA) [Chapel Royal-Embracing Krissy (Kissin Kris)] – You Hyun Myung – 17.7, 5.2
2. Gamdonguibada (USA) [Werblin-Radyla (Country Pine)] – Kim Yong Geun – 2.1
3. Kkakjaengi (USA) [Put It Back-Wild Dixie Gal (Wild Event)] – Shin Hyoung Chul – 1.3

Distances: 0.75 lengths/4 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Xicar (AUS) 5. Dehere Queen (USA) 6. Gippeumnuri (USA) 7. Mighty Mammy (USA) 8. Geumbi (USA) 9. Triple Hunter (USA) 10. Imperial Girl (USA) 11. Malibu Sky (USA) 12. Chowonuibyeol (USA) 13. Kkochyeoul (USA) 14. Queen Of Rain (USA)