Hong Kong's first horse to race on South Korean soil becomes the first to win as he took the inaugural edition of the $700,000 race that covered 1,200 meters (about six furlongs).
Barry Irwin scored his first win as an owner in South Korea July 15, following close on the heels of an associate, Joe Dallao, who last week became the first American owner to win a race there.
Central Kentucky sire Old Fashioned will soon join a number of other U.S. stallions who recently have shipped to the Far East to continue their careers in South Korea.
New York-based sires Bob and John and Musket Man have been sold to stand in 2016 in South Korea.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday has been purchased by the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association and will relocate to South Korea for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 17.
The Korean Racing Authority paid for emergency brain surgery required for exercise rider Eric Jeyu. The rider is expected to fully recover.
Hansen, the 2011 champion juvenile male and Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner, was represented by his first reported foal when a colt was born at Jason and Ashley Schappert's Leading Edge Farm near Jan. 28.
The son of Montbrook already has two group winners in Korea.
Grade I winner Whywhywhy has been sold to a Korean syndicate to stand at Jeju Stallion Station in South Korea.
South Korean buyers were particularly active in 2010, spending $2.6 million at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.
Strokes Creek, who placed in both the 1994 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I), was euthanized after breaking a leg in a paddock accident in South Korea.
Commendable, winner of the 2000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for Robert and Beverly Lewis, has been sold to the South Korean Racing Association for stallion duty.
Exploit, who ranked eighth on the 2004 second-crop sire list by progeny earnings, has been sold to South Korean breeders.
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