Sunday, May 01, 2011
Check Your Soul could be on his way to becoming the second Canadian classic winner in the first three crops by Perfect Soul, after a dominating win in the $115,000 Wando S. (VIDEO
) May 1 at Woodbine.
Check Your Soul's next race is likely the Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, which runs on June 26, also at Woodbine. Perfect Soul's first Classic winner was Charles Fipke's homebred Perfect Shower, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Stakes, third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Check Your Soul is also owned and bred by Fipke, who campaigned Perfect Soul, the 2003 Canadian champion older male, prior to his stallion career at Darby Dan. Check Your Soul was raised at the historic central Kentucky farm. Fipke won the 2008 Queen's Plate with Not Bourbon, while trainer Roger Attfield has a record eight victories in the race.
Check Your Soul was in the back of the compact five-horse field for the first six furlongs clocked in 1:15.82 , then swept up to challenge the leaders as the field turned for home. There was little doubt from that point as Check Your Soul came home a clear winner in the first stakes race in his career. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:45.29.
“He ran well, didn’t he,” said Attfield. “He’ll run all day, this horse, for sure. And he’s been training very, very well. He was very dominant and I’m very pleased with him. He’s a big, tall boy.”
The Wando was worth $76,097, making Check Your Soul 2-0-0 in three starts with earnings of $102,921. The dark bay or brown colt broke his maiden two weeks ago on the turf at Keeneland.