Cho was born in what is now North Korea, but grew up in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. He moved to the U.S. in 1978. His first job was painting apartments and he later started a clothing export business in Los Angeles. The company began by shipping clothing to South Korea, but now ships products around the world. Cho entered racing in the late 1980s with the purchase of a $16,000 claimer. His interest grew quickly and by early in 1990 he had 11 horses in training. One of them was Video Ranger, who he claimed from D. Wayne Lukas for $40,000 on January 17. The Cox's Ridge colt never won a race for Cho, but he took him on a memorable ride, finishing second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, fourth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Grade 2 Jersey Derby. Cho has had success with younger horses - Critical Factor and Nationalore finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile - and he routinely tries his 2-year-olds in the major graded stakes before they have picked up a victory in a maiden race. In 2011, Cho's horses won six of 50 starts and earned $474,840.
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