Top Horses – Busan (Feb 2019)

In 2015 Korean adopted a rating system for thoroughbreds. These ratings are used for domestic purposes only.

In February 2016, the ratings bands were revised. Current bands are as follows:

Class 1: 81 & Up (Korean & Foreign bred)
Class 2: 66-80 (Korean & Foreign bred)
Class 3: 51-65 (Korean & Foreign bred)
Class 4: 36-50 (Korean & Foreign bred)
Class 5: 35 & Down (Korean bred only)
Class 6: New and unrated horses (Korean bred only)

Here are the top twenty horses by rating in training at Busan Racecourse as of February 2019:

1. Triple Nine (KOR) – 130
2. Today (KOR) – 126
3. Power Blade (KOR) – 125 (long-term injured)
4. Doraonpogyeongseon (USA) – 123
5. Buhwarui Banseok (USA) – 118
6. Great King (USA) – 117
7. Champ Line (KOR) – 112
8. Diferent Dimension (USA) – 111
8. Ace Korea (USA) – 111
10. Doraon Hyeonpyo (KOR) – 109
11. Drop The Beat (USA) – 108
11. Approach (KOR) – 108
13. Saengil Gippeum (USA) – 106
13. Perdido Pomeroy (USA) – 106
15. Captain Force (KOR) – 104
15. Morning Daero (USA) – 104
17. Dynamic Dash (USA) – 103
18. Good Casting (USA) – 102
19. Gakbyeolhan (USA) – 101
19. Main Stay (KOR) – 101 (long-term injured)
19. Stealth (KOR) – 101
19. Finest Warrior (USA) – 101

—Record win streak and Grand Prix Champion: Mister Park (KOR) [Ecton Park – Formal Deal (Formal Gold)]



  1. Hello,
    I’m Japanese horse racing fan.
    Now I’m interested in Korean horse racing, and enjoy reading your blog.
    By the way, I heard Korean horses will go on a tour to the U.S.A. this year.
    Which horse do you know will go next year?
    I’m looking forward to see Korean horses racing for Japan Cup Dirt in the near future.
    See you.

  2. Hi fpop
    The KRA has been talking about doing that for a long time as part of their “internationalization” plan for Korean horse racing, placing horses in races across the world to check the level of domestic horses. I think they wanted to send three or four horses to the US but I don’t know if there’s been any progress. Japan would definitely seem to be a more logical first step.

  3. I would like a bit of information about Hangang Ruby, won on 22 may 2009, I have a website Bel Esprit Winners club and Hangang Ruby is out of Bel Esprit

  4. Hangang Ruby is owned by Lee Young Sun (who was the eventual purchaser of Shirley’s Luvena at the Magic Millions sale) and is trained by Kim Chang Wook at Busan.

    As he was foaled in Korea, he is eligible for all Korean-bred races except the classics and some stakes races.

    On his one outing, he was ridden by jockey Jung Si Won and led from gate to wire over 5 furlongs. He paid 13.4 to win and 2.3 to place. His time of 1:03.09 was nothing special but fairly normal in Korea.

    Here is his entry in the Korean studbook

  5. I was wondering what has happen to Captain Sir. I have not seen
    anything on him in a couple of months and wonder if he got injured in
    his last race. Any information would be appreciated.
    Thanks Opal Paul

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