Top Horses – Busan (August 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 August 2019:

1. Triple Nine (KOR) – 130
2. Today (KOR) – 126
3. Doraonpogyeongseon (USA) – 121
4. Blue Chipper (USA) – 118
5. Buhwarui Banseok (USA) – 118
6. Ace Korea (USA) – 115
7. Baengmunbaekdap (USA) – 115
8. Captain Force (KOR) – 114
9. Great King (USA)  – 114
10. Champ Line (USA) – 113
11. Jumbo Blade (USA) – 112
12. Doraon Hyeonpyo (KOR) – 112
13. Good Casting (USA) – 112
14. Diferent Dimension (USA) – 110
15. King Of Glory (USA) – 110
16. Drop The Beat (USA) – 107
17. New York Mangchi (USA) – 106
18. Morning Daero (USA) – 106
19. Perdido Pomeroy (USA) – 104
20. Saengil Gippeum (USA) – 104

—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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