Team Valor’s 3yo filly, Chastity and jockey Lee Yong Ho won at Busan Racetrack in South Korea
Barry Irwin scored his first win as an owner in South Korea today, following close on the heels of an associate, Joe Dallao, who last week became the first American owner to win a race there.
Irwin’s 3-year-old filly Chastity broke her maiden (video) at Busan in her fourth career start. The daughter of Florida Derby winner Vicar had finished second twice previously. Irwin also owns a placed 3-year-old gelding named Swoop, and both are trained by South African Bart Rice. Irwin bought the duo at a 2-year-olds in training sale on Jeju Island in May 2015.
Dallao, a partner in several U.S.-based horses for Irwin’s Team Valor syndicate, is a New York native who has lived in South Korea since 1981. When the Korean Racing Authority opened up the country’s Thoroughbred racing program to foreign ownership in 2014, he and Irwin were in the first small group accepted. They have to race there as individual owners, since partnerships are not allowed.
Dallao notched his first win on July 8 at Busan with the Rice-trained 3-year-old Noble Warrior.
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