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Check Your Soul cruises in Plate Trial
RSS Feeds Monday, June 06, 2011
Charles Fipke's homebred Check Your Soul stamped himself a likely favorite for the upcoming Queen's Plate (G1-C) when he romped home in the $150,000 Plate Trial S. on June 5 at Woodbine.

After breaking in the air, Check Your Soul, found himself in the back of the nine-horse field. But with a full nine furlongs until the finish line, jockey Patrick Husbands bided his time, steadily making up ground down the backstretch. Despite going very wide around the turn, Check Your Soul powered to the front at the top of the lane, and drew off to an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in 1:51.16.

Owner/breeder Mr. Fipke also campaigned Perfect Soul, the 2003 Canadian champion older male, prior to his stallion career at Darby Dan. Mr. Fipke previously won the 2008 Queen's Plate, with Not Bourbon, while trainer Roger Attfield has a record eight victories in the Classic.

“Actually, I was kind of glad he missed the break,” said Attfield. “I wanted him to come from off (the pace). It was nice to see him run that way.”

Added Husbands, “He’s still learning, I didn’t really worry about it (the slow start). You look at the past performances. He comes from way out of it. Every time I ride him, you can do anything with this horse. I hope he comes back good and keep our fingers crossed that we can get to the Plate (June 26).”

Foaled and raised at Darby Dan, Check Your Soul has won three consecutive races in the past seven weeks: his maiden on the turf at Keeneland, the $100,000 Wando S. on the main track at Woodbine, and now the Plate Trial.

The Plate Trial was worth $91,988, making Check Your Soul 3-0-0 in four starts for earnings of $194,919.