Charles Fipke's homebred Seeking the Soul, the 2017 Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) winner, has his sights set on a repeat performance in the 1 1/8-mile race on Friday, Nov. 23 following his runner-up effort last Saturday in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (GI) at Churchill Downs.
“There's a title out there to defend,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “He bounced out of the Dirt Mile in great shape and we're definitely going to point towards the Clark. I just wish he would've had his shot to try the Classic. I think he would have been right up there with those horses going 1 ¼ miles.”
Seeking the Soul, a 5-year-old son of Fipke's stallion Perfect Soul (IRE), was pointed to the Breeders' Cup Classic but was No. 17 on the preference list with only 14 horses making the starting gate.
A six-time winner, Seeking the Soul has only finished off the board twice beneath the Twin Spires with a 9-3-2-2 record.
“One thing we know for sure is this horse loves it here at Churchill Downs,” Stewart said. “He's run some of his best races over this surface.”
Other possible contenders for the Clark Handicap include Bravazo, Hawaakom and Leofric. Nominations to the $500,000 race close Saturday. To nominate, visit: https://www.churchilldowns.com/horsemen/stakes/nomination-forms/.
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