Charles Fipke's Seeking the Soul has not missed many dances in the last three years and trainer Dallas Stewart hopes his $3.4 million earner will cap his 6-year-old campaign with a victory in the premier race of the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, the $600,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on Friday, Nov. 29.
“We're not just looking at the Clark, we want to run,” said a confident Stewart. “We're back home and that's where we like it.”
Seeking the Soul is the definition of a “horse for course” at Churchill Downs where he has recorded four victories, two seconds and four thirds in 11 appearances beneath the Twin Spires, including a win in the 2017 Clark and a third-place effort in last year's event.
The son of Fipke's prized stallion Perfect Soul (IRE) spent the majority of the last three months in California where he finished seventh in the $1 million Pacific Classic (GI), fourth in the $300,000 Awesome Again (GI) and sixth in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (GI).
Seeking the Soul will attempt to become only the fourth horse in 145 years to win the Clark multiple times and the first horse to win the race in non-consecutive years. Horses with multiple wins in the Clark: Hodge (1915-16), Bold Favorite (1968-69) and Bob's Dusty (1977-78).
Nominations for the 1 1/8-mile Clark close Saturday, Nov. 16. To nominate, call the Churchill Downs Racing Office at (502) 636-4470.
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