Here is a helpful link about Korean Racing. It's not the black hole one might think, and it's actually one of the only countries in the world where horse racing is actually on the rise and increasing in popularity. I personally don't follow Korean racing (North American, European, Australian, Japanese, Emirati, and Jumps Racing takes up enough time as it is ) But they are trying to be more competitive internationally.BaroqueAgain1 wrote:South Korea has been buying US stallions since at least 2002 when Distilled and Buster's Daydream were exported, followed by Yankee Victor (2005), Menifee (2006), Forest Camp and Pico Central in 2007, and Peace Rules (2009)
The KRA really got serious by 2010, when it bought Officer (2010), Whywhywhy (2011), then Chapel Royal and Rock Hard Ten (2012). They were followed by Hansen (2013), Any Given Saturday and Tiz Wonderful (2014), Bob and John, Musket Man, Colonel John and Take Charge Indy (2016), and most recently by Archarcharch, Girolamo and Tizway (2017).
I may have missed some but, dang, that's already a long list.
The sad thing is that it's like these stallions have dropped into a black hole. I presume Korea's been breeding those stallions, but where are the offspring? Are they being bred to mares of any quality? Are they racing anywhere?
When stallions are exported to places like England, France, Ireland or Japan, you know they are headed to established breeding operations with good broodmares. We will see their foals race or show up at sales.
I feel like the above stallions are being used to TRY to create some decent TB stock in Korea, an experiment that might be a worthwhile goal for the country's apparently-fledgling racing industry, but...
Without being supported by the class of mares they would get in Kentucky or other established racing countries, those exported stallions may never have any more high quality offspring. It's a shame that there could be no more Selcourts or Rayyas (Tiz Wonderful) or Noble Indys or Take Charge Paulas (Take Charge Indy).
http://www.skyracingworld.com/racing/so ... rse-racing
I believe they restrict how many yearlings/horses in training can be imported each year, so most are Korean bred. But they are trying to establish a presence on the world stage with their Korea Autumn Racing Carnival
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... up-sprint/