20/02/2020. KOREA, BUSAN FRIDAY: RACE-BY-RACE PREVIEW ON FRIDAY 21ST // Super Saver Filly Strong In UAE Oaks // 2020 Leading Active Dirt Sires // FOLLOW THE ACTION APRIL SALE, KEENELAND



There are 11 races at Busan on Friday from 11:30 to 18:00. Here are the previews:


Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

A field of twelve Korean-breds line up in the first all searching for their first win. (9) JINJU SARANG looks hardest to beat coming off a last start second to Master Bella. The Federalist filly hit the line with gusto after settling midfield in the early stages. She looks well weighted in the event. (5) HAEUNDAE THUNDER had his second start last time out when finishing third behind Max Power. The form line doesn’t read all that strong but this race is lacking depth as well. The Strike Again gelding is likely to settle in the first few in running. (1) CHOEGANG CLEAR has had four runs this preparation now and his recent times suggest he can run into the money. Expect him to sit closer in the run with a better draw. (7) FUSION PARK lines up for his tenth start and his fourth run this preparation. The Ecton Park four-year-old should be at peak fitness. Expect Park Jae-I to work forward early on.

Selections (9) Jinju Sarang (5) Haeundae Thunder (1) Choegang Clear (7) Fusion Park

Next Best 3, 8

Fast Start 2, 7, 11


Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

(6) NORTHERN DREAM has shown steady progress across four starts so far, culminating in a 3rd place last time out on January 10th. She runs on well and looks to have as much chance as any of shedding her maiden tag here. (2) CROWN FUNKY has a less than auspicious start to her career but looked a different animal on her return from a two-month absence in January. She ran 3rd and while she was beaten a fill eleven-lengths by a good winner, she can build on that here and Seo Seung-un taking the mount today can only be to her benefit. There were few expectations on (11) TRIPLE MAGIC when he debuted last month but he ran well for 4th in what was arguably a stronger race than this. The wide draw isn’t ideal but he should be competitive again. (3) CHODONG DAEJANG and (8) KKUMEUL NEOMEO are others with the potential to improve.

Selections (6) Northern Dream (2) Crown Funky (11) Triple Magic (8) Kkumeul Neomeo

Next Best 3, 7

Fast Start 2, 7, 8, 9


Race 3: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

The three-year-old fillies line up in the third event where there is a severe lack of form for punters to analyse. (8) HAPPY SONG comes out of a stronger event where she managed to finish fourth behind Barbarian over the 1300m. She lined up against the boys as well last start and was the first filly past the post. This race appears to be hers to lose. (6) GLOBAL TOP comes out of the same race where she was well beaten. That was her first attempt beyond 1000m and we can expect her to take improvement from the experience. She drops back half a furlong and is capable of running into the money as she did two starts back. (11) FOR YOU LOVE lines up for her first start after qualifying last month. Her breeding suggests she will be better suited as she steps out in distance but don’t write her off completely first up. (10) MISS ROCKET is another on debut after clocking a reasonable trial time. She finds a weak assignment on debut and can run into the money.

Selections (8) Happy Song (6) Global Top (11) For You Love (10) Miss Rocket

Next Best 9, 5

Fast Start 4, 6


Race 4: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

There is a good deal of potential throughout this maiden and it’s a pair of animals making their respective second outings today who look the most promising. Having won a trial, (5) NEW PROSPECT was sent off as favourite on debut on January 31st. He began a bit slowly but did run into 3rd, just a couple of lengths behind the winner. It wasn’t a strong race but he looks to have scope for improvement and with a slightly better start today can win. (3) JANGSAN MANGCHI ran 2nd on his debut behind longshot winner Max Power. The time wasn’t fast but the performance was accomplished enough and he is the main danger here. (9) GRAND CAPTAIN has been has shown an uptick in form in recent starts and can aim for a place here. (2) MILLION MAKER did nothing on debut last October but has since been through three trials, running well in the latest of them and he should be significantly better today. (8) YEONGGWANGUI KISS the best of the rest.

Selections (5) New Prospect (3) Jangsan Mangchi (2) Million Maker (9) Grand Captain

Next Best 8, 10

Fast Start 2, 5, 8


Race 5: Class 6 (1400M) Allowance / KRW 25 Million

It’s extremely hard to put together a speed map for the fifth with few of the runners showing early speed in their previous starts. (10) SPACE POWER looks to be able to cross in the early stages and should prove hard to run down over the seven furlongs. The Clear Attempt colt finished third behind Magic Partner last start but they did run a pedestrian time of 1.17.1 for the 1200m. Whilst is was slow it is probably enough to take this event out. (8) FEDERAL STAR looks the biggest threat coming off a fifth on debut. The Federalist three-year-old sat well back last start and she will need to be closer in the run if she is to be a winning chance, especially given there is minimal speed engaged suggesting the first half of the race will be run slowly. (11) GIANT’S HEART was disappointing last time out when the wide draw was hard to overcome. He has drawn wide once again but with the lack of speed engaged the three-year-old can bounce back. (1) SMILE WINNER has gone off the boil somewhat but has managed to place on two occasions from eight starts. If she can reproduce one of her better runs she should be considered and each-way chance.

Selections (10) Space Power (8) Federal Star (11) Giant’s Heart (1) Smile Winner

Next Best 6, 5

Fast Start 10, 8, 11, 1


Race 6: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

Having run 2nd on debut, (6) BARBARIAN was an eight-length winner on his return to action on January 17th. It was over this distance and he made all and while he is up in class today, the manner of that win suggests that he won’t need to improve very much in order to strike again today. He’ll be on pace from the stat and should win. (3) MUNHWA SIGNATURE and (4) JEONSEOLUI PUNCH came home 2nd and 3rd with just over a length between them when they raced each other at class and distance on January 17th. That was a strong race and both should be in the mix here with Jeonseolui Punch favoured to overturn that form. (1) HIDDEN BOY is inconsistent but is capable of running well in this kind of company. (10) DAMYANG CHOEGANG remains a maiden after seventeen attempts but drops back in trip following a good 4th over a mile a month ago and can be in placing contention.

Selections (6) Barbarian (4) Jeonseolui Punch (3) Munhwa Signature (1) Hidden Boy

Next Best 10, 9

Fast Start 4, 6, 10


Race 7: Class 5 (1400M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

There appears to be a couple of promising types engaged in the seventh. (1) GUKMIN STAR has been a consistent type for trainer Jang Se-Han since beginning his career in late 2018. The Ingrandire colt was impressive last start when running on strong to finish second behind Busan Miso. The 1400m looks ideal for him third up, he will be hitting the line hard and is capable of bringing up his second career victory. (3) MAJOR POWER comes out of a stronger race where she finished fourth behind Thunder King. The filly has drawn ideally for her best racing pattern, which is to sit just behind the leading division before they straighten up for the run home. (4) GLOBAL HERO cannot be discounted after breaking maiden status in Class 6 company last time out. His winning time suggests he needs to improve once again to be a winning chance. (10) DONGBANG NARAE showed plenty of promise during her first preparation but it is hard for punters to take confidence from her trials coming into this preparation. Keep her safe in your exotic bets.

Selections (1) Gukmin Star (3) Major Power (4) Global Hero (10) Dongbang Narae

Next Best 7, 5

Fast Start 2, 4, 8


Race 8: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 75 Million

A field of three-year-old imported maidens go around here with four of the eleven making their racecourse debuts. We’ll side with experience though and the one with the equal most of that is (8) BABEL HIT. He beat three of these on his way to 2nd place over 1300M on January 17th, just doing down by a neck to the longest shot on the board, Rapid Game. You Hyun-myung takes the mount for the first time and he can win. Running 3rd in that same race was (2) DIAMOND MARINE. That was a second consecutive placing finish for the Paynter colt and he’ll surely be going close again. Back down the track that day was (6) WORLD TOP, He was sent off as favourite having won a trial earlier in the month but raced four wide with no cover for much of the way around ultimately finishing 9th. He surely gets better today and can be given another chance. All three of these are likely to sit behind an early speed set by (4) STORM KING IJI, who looks the pick of the first-time starter.

Selections (8) Babel Hit (2) Diamond Marine (4) Storm King Iji (6) World Top

Next Best 9, 5

Fast Start 1, 4, 9, 10


Race 9: Class 4 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

They should clock a quick time over the 1200m with plenty of potential pacemakers engaged in the six-furlong event. (6) CHOEGANG TOUCH looks the one to beat after a very promising start to her career. The Hansen filly has had six starts yielding three wins and three minor placings. She is well weighted with just 54.5kg considering she has already won in this class previously. She’s an on-speed runner so expect a positive ride from Seo Seung-Un. (5) TOP ACE was an impressive last start winner in Class 5 company. The Thunder Moccasin gelding sat on speed before winning by three quarters of a length and clocking a superb time for the five furlongs. (12) NEOLBEUN GOEUL finished third behind Success Party which reads well for this race. The lightly raced five-year-old has shown he can run a strong 1200m, if Park Jae-I can overcome the wide gate early on he can be considered an each-way chance. (11) HAPPY GATE has been consistent for the most part of his career and is another that can run into the money with an economic run.

Selections (6) Choegang Touch (5) Top Ace (12) Neolbeun Goeul (11) Happy Gate

Next Best 8, 1

Fast Start 4, 5, 6, 8


Race 10: Class 4 (1600M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(7) RAON YEOGEOL was just a neck away from running in a place in the Breeders’ Cup trial in October before managing 3rd behind Doctor Carson in the Gyeongnam Do Min Ilbo Cup in November. She ended her juvenile campaign as a beaten favourite over 1300M but resumes here stepping up to the mile for the first time with solid claims. (3) BLACK EAGLE WING is still a maiden after five starts but ran well when tackling this distance for the first time just two weeks ago. From gate 3, Jin Kyum can settle behind the early speed and finish strongly. (10) ROYAL TICKET and (8) CURLIN TIME came home 2nd and 3rd respectively when they raced each other at class and distance on January 19th. Both were outsiders that day but will be much shorter this time and both have claims on a place. (5) QUICK MOVE had a poor day at the office last start but is a class and distance winner and warrants respect.

Selections (7) Raon Yeogeol (8) Curlin Time (3) Black Eagle Wing (5) Quick Move

Next Best 10, 9

Fast Start 1, 5, 10, 11


Race 11: Class 2 (2000M) Allowance / KRW 90 Million

The eleventh on the card is an interesting race where there are many chances suggesting an open market to finish of proceedings. (9) ROCK CHOICE put the writing on the wall last start when hitting the line strong behind the very impressive Mr. Afleet. The Rock Hard Ten colt has shown a liking for the 2000m previously when winning the third leg of the Triple Crown – The Minister’s Cup. He is a dour type and there won’t be many, if any coming home stronger than him. (3) MR. SCAT looks close to another win after placing on two occasions from three starts this preparation. He was good last start he sitting on speed and finishing second to a handy type in World Power. He’s drawn well for Francois Herholdt to ride him in a similar fashion. (5) K PLUS WON saluted in this class two starts back before coming out of the same race as Mr. Scat where he finished third. This is the first time he has been stretched out to the 2000m but his previous performances suggest he is an each-way chance. (10) BRAVE KINGDOM is another who has performed admirably at his past couple of starts and can run into the money. He has been winding off some good sectionals so look for him late. Good race.

Selections (9) Rock Choice (3) Mr. Scat (5) K Plus Won (10) Brave Kingdom

Next Best 4, 1

Fast Start 3, 4, 7

fonte : Horse Racing in Korea


Super Saver Filly Strong In UAE Oaks


Down On Da Bayou | DRC/Erika Rasmussen

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed’s Down On Da Bayou (Super Saver) had to play second fiddle to Godolphin fillies in the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas on Jan. 23 and the trial three weeks prior to that, but fortunes were reversed and son prevailed over father in the G3 UAE Oaks at Meydan on Thursday evening, with Down On Da Bayou strolling home by 18 1/2 lengths over Dubai Love (GB) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) while stepping up to 1900 metres for the first time.

Breaking well from the extreme outside gate six, Down On Da Bayou bounded past her rivals in a matter of strides and crossed over to grab the lead on the rail by the time they passed the finish line the first time. Dubai Love breathed down her rival’s neck down the backstretch but Down On Da Bayou shook off the challenge, kicking clear at the quarter pole as Dubai Love chased in vain. The American-bred, Japanese-trained filly Serein (Uncle Mo) put in a mild rally to be third.

A soundly beaten fourth behind ‘TDN Rising Star’ Rio Angie (Honor Code) on debut after blowing the break going seven furlongs at Meydan on Nov. 7, Down On Da Bayou bounced back to air by eight lengths going gate to wire on Dec. 19. The bay set the tempo once again in the Guineas trial on opening night of the carnival on Jan. 2 before Final Song (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) collared her in the closing stages, and it was a similar story three weeks later in the Guineas with Dubai Love. Trainer Salem bin Ghadayer revealed the filly will back up in next weekend’s $800,000 Saudi Derby over a mile.

“She’s an amazing filly,” he said. “Before we had the question mark about the distance, but she showed her class. We knew she should get at least nine furlongs, so it was only a question of the final 100 metres.

“It’s the owner’s decision [where she goes next]. We entered her in the Saudi Derby and I asked my boss if we should go to this race and he said no problem. The next and last step for her this season I think will be next week [in the Saudi Derby]. She always recovers quickly; one day after a race, she needs two people [to lead her]. I hope everything goes well and she’ll be fine and sound and in good health.”

Pedigree Notes

Down On Da Bayou is the second winner of the UAE Oaks for the Empire Maker mare Bayou Tortuga, with Polar River (Congrats) having won it in 2016 for owners Valentin Bukhtoyarov and Evgeny Kappushev and trainer Doug Watson. Polar River had been a $25,000 yearling turned $40,000 2-year-old, while Down On Da Bayou was bought by Tally-Ho Stud for $150,000 as a yearling and sold for €190,000 to Rabbah at Arqana’s May Breeze-Up Sale last year.

Bayou Tortuga has a 2-year-old colt by Orb that was bought by Powerstown Stud for $30,000 as a yearling at Keeneland September, a yearling filly by Gun Runner and was bred to Blame for 2020. Bayou Tortuga, who has also produced the Grade III-placed Rare Form (The Factor), is a half-sister to three state-bred stakes winners.

Thursday, Meydan, Middle East
UAE OAKS (SPONSORED BY RANGE ROVER)-G3, $250,000, Meydan, 2-20, NH3yo & SH3yo, f, 1900m, 1:58.35, ft.
1–DOWN ON DA BAYOU, 126, f, 3, by Super Saver
1st Dam: Bayou Tortuga, by Empire Maker
2nd Dam: Tortuga Band, by Dixieland Band
3rd Dam: Super Fan, by Lear Fan
’17 KEENOV; $150,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; €190,000 2yo ’19
ARQMAY). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum;
B-McCann Bloodstock, Mark Kelder & Doug Richards (KY);
T-Salem bin Ghadayer; J-Mickael Barzalona. $150,000. Lifetime
Record: 5-2-2-0, $249,654. *1/2 to Polar River (Congrats),
GSW-UAE, $771,139; and Rare Form (The Factor), GSP,
$192,835. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
   Werk Nick Rating: A+.
2–Dubai Love (GB), 126, f, 3, Night of Thunder (Ire)–Devotion
(Ire), by Dylan Thomas (Ire). (120,000gns Wlg ’17 TATDEC).
O-Godolphin; B-Petches Farm Ltd (GB); T-Saeed bin Suroor.
3–Serein, 126, f, 3, Uncle Mo–Tiz Miz Sue, by Tiznow. ($500,000
Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Koji Maeda; B-Cres Ran LLC (KY); T-Mikio
Matsunaga. $25,000.
Margins: 18HF, 4HF, 1 1/4.
Also Ran: Ascot Brass (Swe), Careless Whisper (Swe), Tapi Sioux.

fonte : TDN


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February 19, 2020, with guest Jim Lawson, presented by Keeneland
The experimental rules regarding whipping that were in place during the final two months of the 2019 Woodbine meet will likely become permanent in 2020, Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson said on this week’s TDN Writers’ Room podcast, presented by Keeneland. Starting Oct. 18 and running through the end of the meet on Dec. 15. Woodbine riders were prohibited from striking horses with an overhanded motion. The rules were considered the most restrictive in North America when it comes to whipping.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will have the final say on the whipping rules. But expectations are it will approve whatever Woodbine recommends. 
“On the whipping rules, I have every reason to believe we are going to leave the urging rules that we had at the end of the meet last year as the status quo,” said Lawson, who was the Green Group Guest of the Week. “I think it was a successful experiment. We didn’t have any big issues. As everyone appreciates, the rules were in large part a reaction to public perception. More importantly, I think it’s better for the horses. Not allowing that overhanded whaling on a horse, as we’ve seen historically, is just better all the way around. It wasn’t trouble-free in the sense that the jockeys didn’t like it and a number of them still won’t like it. But they have learned to adapt. We did not have a lot of problems or complaints from our customers, so, all in all, we regarded it as a successful experiment.”

On the News of the Week segment, sponsored by West Point Thoroughbreds, the writers discussed the late changes to the to weights in races last weekend at the Fair Grounds, Bob Baffert’s embarrassment of riches when it comes to 3-year-old colts and the road to the GI Kentucky Oaks.