Too often, horsemen see a yearling or mare sold to Korean interests and feel that it’s gone forever. Until recently, we usually learned very little about that horse’s activity abroad, but the expanding effects of the internet are coming to the aid of breeders and racing fans.
One of the adventurous bloggers producing information about racing and breeding for readers around the world writes Horse Racing in Korea, which recently included information about an intriguing juvenile colt by Smarty Jones named Smarty Moonhak. (Read the blog here.)
In this piece, there is enough information about Smarty Moonhak, to set the pulse up a beat. The bay colt not only is winning races in Korea (four victories from five starts), but he tackled 13 older horses in his last race, the Turkey Jockey Club Trophy at Seoul racecourse, and won by 11 1/2 lengths. Second was Yaho Cat (by Concerto) and third was Royal Khalife (by Cozzene).
Blog writer Gyongmaman noted that the caliber of the opposition was less than stellar, but even so, it is impressive for a juvenile to race against older horses, and it probably bodes well for the colt’s prospects.
The American-bred Smarty Moonhak is by the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner out of the Black Tie Affair mare Madeira M’Dear. Smarty Moonhak went through the Keeneland September sale last year, selling to Sekye Construction Co. for $14,000 out of the Nursery Place consignment.