Monday, July 28, 2008
Gem overcame an unsteady start, seized the lead entering the lane, and
drew off to a comfortable victory on Saturday to become the first
winner for Canadian champion and freshman sire Perfect Soul (Ire).
Trained by Carl Anderson for Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Bennett, Classy Gem
scored by 3¼ lengths in her career debut under Mark Anderson and
completed the five-furlong maiden special weight race in 1:01 on a
track rated as fast. The Kentucky-bred filly is one of two winners from
as many starters out of the unraced Dehere mare Classiest Gem.
homebred campaigned by Charles Fipke, Perfect Soul won three of eight
starts in 2003, including the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (G1)
and King Edward Breeders’ Cup Handicap (Can-G2) at Woodbine en route to
Canada’s Sovereign Award as champion turf male. Winner of the 2004
Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in a turf course record time
that has yet to be eclipsed, Perfect Soul finished second in the ’04
Atto Mile Stakes (Can-G1) before concluding his career with an overall
record of seven wins in 21 starts and earnings of $1,527,764.