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Seeking the Soul winning the 2017 Clark H. (G1) - Coady photo
Seeking the Soul comes up huge in Grade 1 Clark H.
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Charles Fipke's homebred colt Seeking the Soul earned his first graded stakes victory on Friday at Churchill Downs in the $500,000 Clark H. (G1), defeating Good Samaritan by a half-length in 1:48.88 for the nine furlongs (VIDEO).

The 4-year-old son of Perfect Soul (IRE) has had a terrific fall campaign. After running third in the Lukas Classic (G3) in September at Churchill, he set a track record in a nine-length blowout win in a Keeneland allowance, which led to his trainer Dallas Stewart to briefly consider the Breeders' Cup.  

“After he won the allowance race in his last start at Keeneland I really wanted to run him right back in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI), but I settled down and thought about it and pointed him for (the Clark),” Stewart said. 

The Clark field included six graded stakes winners, but Seeking the Soul was up to the task. Breaking from post 2, he let several horses to his outside with early speed go for the lead and found himself about a half-dozen lengths from the front as the field entered the backstretch.

Jockey John Velazquez began to move Seeking the Soul on the far turn, then had to wait behind Goats Town until the top of the stretch, when he split horses and went by the pacesetter Diversify with about a furlong to run. Good Samaritan and Hoppertunity both put in late runs, but Seeking the Soul had the momentum and came under the wire first to capture the Fall Meet's signature race that has been run annually since 1875.

The big payday boosted Seeking the Soul's earnings to $551,162 and his record to 5-3-5 in 17 starts.

“I think we got a bit aggressive with him early in his career when we tried in the Belmont Stakes (GI) but I knew he was that caliber of horse,” Stewart added.  

Perfect Soul is the sire of 25 lifetime black type horses with earnings surpassing $15.6 million. In addition to Seeking the Soul, he sired the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner Perfect Shirl and Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Golden Soul.

Pedigree Notes from the TDN
: Fipke purchased Seeking the Soul's second dam Title Seeker, an unraced daughter of undefeated Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, for $1.7 million carrying her first foal by Seeking the Gold at the 2006 Keeneland November sale. The resulting foal was the winner's dam Seeking the Title, who captured the 2010 GIII Iowa Oaks for Fipke and Stewart and placed third in that year's GI Gazelle S. Seeking the Soul is the second foal out of Seeking the Title, who has since produced his 2-year-old full brother Perfect Seeker. She was bred back to Perfect Soul earlier this term.