In what was his fourth local breeze since finishing sixth in the Clark at Churchill Downs on November 29, Charles Fipke's 7-year-old homebred Seeking the Soul stopped the timer in 1:12.60 for six furlongs over a fast track Friday morning at Fair Grounds. He continues preparation for a run in the Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park on January 25, a race in which he ran second last year behind City of Light.
The son of Perfect Soul won just once from eight tries in 2019, but he made it count, taking the Stephen Foster (G2) at Churchill Downs in June. Since that time, he has finished no better than a distant fourth in a quartet of Grade One races. The winner of the 2017 of the Clark (G1) at Churchill, he was third in the same race last year, but in this season's edition he managed only to pass tired horses in a sixth place effort. Despite his recent form, trainer Dallas Stewart is confident in a bounce back performance.
“He's a really remarkable racehorse,” Stewart said. “He bounces back year after year, race after race. He worked really well this morning. Visually he still does it so easily. He's prepping for the Pegasus again and looks just as good as he did last year. He likes that track and he's feeling good. I'm really happy with him. He's trained consistently at Fair Grounds so just hoping for the best. We will see what happens in the race.”
According to Stewart, there is no stallion deal in place for Seeking the Soul. With over $3.4 million in the bank, he is far and away the most productive racehorse sired by Perfect Soul, who was pensioned at Darby Dan Farm in the spring of 2019.
“We are just taking it one race at a time,” Stewart said.
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