U.S.-Bred Korean Champion Dolkong Passes Away

Dolkong and his former trainer Simon Foster in Dubai | Dubai Racing Club/Mathea Kelley

Dolkong (Afleet Alex–Swampoodle, by Broken Vow), the champion older horse in Korea in 2019, was euthanized Apr. 1 after suffering an injury during trackwork two days earlier. He was nine years old.

Bred in Kentucky by Ellen B. Kill Kelley, the chestnut was the distant runner-up in the Korea Cup in 2018 and was part of a select Korean contingent at the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival, posting a 9 1/2-length victory in the Listed Curlin H. beneath Olivier Doleuze before just missing second in the G1 Al Maktoum Challlenge Round 3.



Returned to Korea after finishing well down the field behind Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}) in the G1 Dubai World Cup, he added a second black-type success in the Listed Busan Mayor's Cup in June 2019 and tacked on a five-length defeat of local legend Cheongdam Dokki (To Honor and Serve) in the valuable KRA Cup Classic (non black-type) to secure champion older horse honors.

Dolkong, a $52,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling and $35,000 OBS April breezer, amassed a record of 9-3-2 from 22 starts for earnings of $1,408,864.



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