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Haengbok Wangja romps in Korean Grand Prix

Lee Bang Hoo’s Haengbok Wangja took the lead midway on the turn of the 39th running of the $547,543 Korean Grand Prix (G1-KOR) on Sunday at Seoul Racecourse, opened up daylight in the stretch and was confidently ridden to a three length victory. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old colt by Daredevil, sold for $30,000 by Mayberry Farm, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :11 flat. Trained by Park Youn Gu, he has compiled a 16-8-3-1 career record and has earned $598,582. watch his under tack video  video of the race

Haengbok Wangja is the fifth OBS graduate to capture the Grand Prix, one of the most important races in the Korean racing calendar. He joins 2016 winner Clean Up Joy (June ’13), 2012 winner Gamdonguibada (April ’11), 2008 and 2009 winner Dongbanui Gangja (April ’07) and 2002 winner Bohamian Butler (April ’01).

Bloom Racing Stable LLC (Jeffrey Bloom) and David A. Bernsen, LLC’s Chattalot, on the pace from the start of Monday’s $75,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds, took charge after turning for home and held off a late bid by fellow OBS graduate Underhill’s Tab (March ’21) to score by half a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old son of Midnight Lute, purchased for $110,000 out of the McKathan Bros. consignment at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 5-3-0-1 for trainer Steve Asmussen, he has earned $199,095 to date. watch his under tack video   Spring Sale walking video