Sunday, May 05, 2013
Charles Fipke's homebred Golden Soul gave his connections a huge thrill with his stirring stretch run in Kentucky Derby 139, coming from 15th place to finish second by 2 1/2-lengths after a heady ride by Robby Albarado.
Golden Soul is by Darby Dan stallion Perfect Soul, who was also campaigned by Fipke and earned champion male turf horse honors during his brilliant career.
Golden Soul may have been overlooked by the betting public, but trainer Dallas Stewart had expressed a quiet confidence all week in the chestnut colt after a couple of solid workouts over the Churchill Downs strip.
Breaking from post 2 after the scratch of Black Onyx on the rail, Golden Soul was unhurried while near the rail for the first half of the ten furlongs. Albarado began to move up along the inside after six furlongs, but was still some 14 lengths off the lead. Albarado began to pick his way between tiring horses, swinging out a bit coming into the stretch.
He made his way to seventh after a mile and continued to close down the long Churchill stretch, getting the better of all 18 fellow 3-year-olds except Orb, who had closed down the middle of the track.
Stewart was extremely happy for all involved after the race.
“We got beat by a great horse. He ran terrific,” said trainer Dallas Stewart. “I’m so proud of Robby. He’s just a great rider and gave this horse a great ride. And (owner) Chuck Fipke, what can I say? One of the best ever.’’
While plans for Golden Soul's next start were still up in the air, Stewart hinted at what could be on the horizon Sunday morning.
“At this point, I think we will pass on the Preakness (G1) and look at the Belmont (G1 on June 8),” Stewart said. “That would give us five weeks and hopefully we can get one of the three (races in the Triple Crown series).”