Won at 2NORFOLK S.
(gr. I , 8.5f , defeating Midshipman, Believe in Hope, Del Conte, Silent Valor, Azul Leon, Tiger Blitz, Regal Ransom, Liturgical ).
Myung Kwon Cho of California experienced a big grade I weekend Sept. 27-28 at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. His homebred Street Hero won the Sept. 28 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds in what was his initial triumph. The day before, ChoÕs Palacio de Amor, ran second in the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) for juvenile fillies. Cho trains both runners.
Street Hero, who is headed to the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Oak Tree, raced four times prior to the Norfolk, placing in all four events. He ran third in the Sept. 3 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) to winner Midshipman, who finished second in the Norfolk.
Street Hero, by Street Cry, has his work cut out for him going into the BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile. Since the inaugural running in 1984, only ChiefÕs Crown, in 1984, and Capote, two years later, won the Norfolk and the BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile. Both were named divisional champions.
Palacio de Amor, by Dixieland Band, has won or placed in three of her four races. She ran second in the Sept. 1 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I). Her lone victory came at Del Mar in August.
Cho, a 66-year-old export businessman born in Seoul, South Korea, arrived on the racing scene in 1990 in a big way with the colt Video Ranger. By CoxÕs Ridge, Video Ranger ran second in that yearÕs Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) to then-unbeaten Mister Frisky, then finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) behind Unbridled, Summer Squall, and Pleasant Tap. Summer Squall is the broodmare sire of Street Hero.
Cho was back eight years later in the Kentucky Derby with Video RangerÕs son Nationalore. The homebred gelding finished far back in the Run for the Roses, won by Real Quiet. The previous year, he had placed in four stakes, including the BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile and Hollywood Futurity (gr. I).
Street Hero is the first stakes winner out of Squall Linda, who was graded stakes-placed racing for Cho. Her youngest foal is a 2008 colt by Fusaichi Pegasus.
Street Cry has sired 23 stakes winners. His 11 stakes winners this year include unbeaten Zenyatta, who won the Sept. 27 LadyÕs Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree, and five other graded/group winners. Street Cry stands at Sheikh MohammedÕs Darley near Lexington. His 2008 fee was $100,000.ÑD.S.
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