|Riveting Reason (6) battles Anthony's Cross to the wire in the Robert B. Lewis (Cynthia Lum/Eclipse Sportswire)|
Pletcher has Uncle Mo, but Cho has Riveting Reason (seen above losing to Anthony's Cross by nose) and Premier Pegasus. Pegasus is a homebred for Cho, who also owns him, and like Riveting Reason is out of a dam who has already produced a stakes winner.
|(Cynthia Lum/Eclipse Sportswire)|
But when the racing bug hits, who can stop it? Cho got involved with racing and by the mid '90s was training, according to Breeders' Cup records. He enjoyed early success with a $40,000 claimer Video Ranger. He has taken other modest sales purchases and has had likewise success.
The aforementioned Video Ranger ended up fourth in the Kentucky Derby. Cho then took Critical Factor, a $30,000 Keeneland purchase, and finished third with him in the 1996 Breeders Cup Juvenile. Next up for Cho was another show finish in the Juvenile in 1997 with maiden Nationalore.
But it wasn't until 2008 when Cho would again start to make noise on the Derby Trail with Street Hero. But Street Hero's party was short-lived. The Grade One winner was injured after finishing third to Midshipman in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
|Premier Pegasus winning the San Felipe (Cynthia Lum/Eclipse Sportswire)|
Cho's other Derby contender - Riveting Reason. His stretch drive duel with Anthony's Cross in this year's Robert B. Lewis is arguably the most stirring battle yet between Derby contenders. As with Premier Pegasus, Riveting Reason's sire is also Fusaichi Pegasus.
|(Charles Pravata/Eclipse Sportswire)|
Whether it is $25,000 Keeneland purchase Riveting Reason or his homebred Premier Pegasus, Myung Kwon Cho looks as if he is ready to have an impact on the rest of the 2011 Derby Trail. And, if this Derby Trail doesn't work out for Cho, there is already another Squall Linda baby out there for Cho. This one a yearling and a full brother to Street Hero.
You can look for his signature purple and gold silks next in the Santa Anita Derby.
(ALL INFORMATION COMPILED FROM WIRE SERVICE REPORTS AND NEWS RELEASES)
(CORRECTION: Mr. Cho's wife's first name is Lydia, not Lygia, as compiled from another source)