This is a most interesting racehorse story, totally unlike any other. It revolves around an 8-year-old Korean racehorse mare called Charming Girl. This horse is unique in that she has made 100 race starts and has yet to hit the winner’s circle even once. Charming Girl has started and finished 100 races but has never come in higher than third.
The resolute and consistent losing runner will make one last racing start by end-month. According to a report in Korea Racing, Charming Girl is entered in her last race, Number 101, at Seoul Racecourse. After this final run, she will officially retire from the track.
Charming Girl is the daughter of Pacific Bounty. If she loses her last race, she will go out with 101 consistent losses. In May she became a recordholder of sorts when she broke the Korean racehorse record for “winlessness” after she lost her 96th start for owner Byun Young Nam.
The Korean class rating system “allows a horse to move up but not drop down past a certain level. Therefore, Charming Girl is “not a terrible racehorse” by Korean standards. Her lifetime earnings amount to approximately $50,000 in 96 starts - enough to move her from Class 5 to Class 4.
This system is generally accepted in Korea to provide extra betting integrity. It also encourages “owners to retire horses once they are no longer competitive.”
Byun Young Nam, owner of Charming Girl, has already made his intention public. He thinks so much of Charming Girl that he will provide her with a comfortable life after her track days. And he wants to retire her in sound condition.
Wish that every racehorse had such an understanding, kind owner.
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