The smile on trainer Dallas Stewart's face was hard to miss Sunday morning at Churchill Downs following Seeking the Soul's gutsy 1 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Ack Ack Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) Saturday night. Now, the six-time winner is likely headed to the Breeders' Cup, according to Stewart.
“That was a legit race with a legit final time,” Stewart said. “He ran the mile in (1:35.01) and showed a great effort at a track we know he loves. I'm pumped as ever with this horse. We have our options open a bit between the Dirt Mile (GI) and the Classic (GI). Mr. Fipke and I will get together to talk things over about where to head. He's doing great this morning after the race.”
Prior to the Ack Ack, Seeking the Soul finished 13th in the $750,000 Woodward (GI) over 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga on Sept. 1. After running third in last year's Lukas Classic, Seeking the Soul won a 1 1/16-mile condition allowance at Keeneland and then scored in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs in late November.
Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Seeking the Soul rallied from a couple lengths off the early pace before drawing clear inside the eighth pole.
“I think the slower pace helped me,” Hernandez said following the race. “I was able to keep up close to the pace and the leaders didn't get away from me.”
Seeking the Soul is scheduled to remain in Barn 37 at Churchill Downs through the Breeders' Cup.
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