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Seeking the Soul

  • Jockey
    John Velazquez
  • Trainer
    Dallas Stewart
  • Owner
    Charles E. Fipke
  • Breeder
    Charles Fipke
  • Sire
    Perfect Soul (IRE)
  • Dam
    Seeking the Title

Seeking the Soul's net worth isn't anywhere close to that of his owner/breeder Charles Fipke, who made his fortunes in mining precious stones, but the 6-year-old has hit a bit of a mother lode himself, banking over $3.3 million thus far in his career. Fipke has discovered gold and silver all over the world, and even diamonds in Canada, which weren't supposed to exist. In fact, Fipke's former multiple stakes winner, who is now a promising sire – Tale of Ekati – is named after that diamond mine, which is in the Northwest Territory, near the Arctic Circle. The flamboyant owner readily admits his professional life funds his “addiction” and is determined to create top-notch stallions from the ranks of horses he breeds and races. Seeking the Soul may just be the next one – and he is a true homebred. Fipke also bred and raced both his parents – sire Perfect Soul (IRE) and his dam Seeking the Title. Seeking the Soul's latest personal gold mine claim came when he won the Stephen Foster Stakes on June 15 at Churchill Downs, earning himself a berth in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita as a part of the “Win & You're In” series of stakes races. "They can't take it away from us, we got our golden ticket," trainer Dallas Stewart told The Bloodhorse. "This is a great horse. He's a 6-year-old who acts like a young horse. He's very energetic about his training and about life. Chuck Fipke, he's got the momma and the daddy, and he's one of the greatest breeders ever." It was the first win for the season for Seeking the Soul, and his seventh lifetime. The Stephen Foster was his third graded stakes win, as he also won the 2017 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (G1) and last year's Ack Ack Stakes (G3), both at Churchill. After winning the Ack Ack, Seeking the Soul finished second to City of Light in both the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Churchill and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Challenge Series Races Won
2019 Stephen Foster
14
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
August 17, 2019$1 Million TVG Pacific Classic S.DEL MAR17
June 15, 2019Stephen Foster S.CHURCHILL DOWNS21
May 03, 2019Alysheba S. presented by Sentient JetCHURCHILL DOWNS23
March 30, 2019Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE18
January 26, 2019Pegasus World Cup Invitational S.GULFSTREAM PARK12
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 23, 2018Clark H. presented by Norton HealthcareCHURCHILL DOWNS13
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup Dirt MileCHURCHILL DOWNS12
September 29, 2018Ack Ack S.CHURCHILL DOWNS31
September 01, 2018Woodward S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA113
July 14, 2018Michael G. Schaefer Memorial S.INDIANA GRAND RACE COURSE 2
January 27, 2018Pegasus World Cup Invitational S.GULFSTREAM PARK15
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 24, 2017Clark H. presented by Norton HealthcareCHURCHILL DOWNS11
October 21, 2017 KEENELAND 1
September 30, 2017Lukas Classic S.CHURCHILL DOWNS33
August 23, 2017 SARATOGA 3
July 23, 2017 SARATOGA 1
June 10, 2017 BELMONT PARK 3
May 04, 2017 CHURCHILL DOWNS 7
January 21, 2017Louisiana S.FAIR GROUNDS 7
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 24, 2016 CHURCHILL DOWNS 2
October 29, 2016 KEENELAND 1
October 01, 2016Jefferson Cup S.CHURCHILL DOWNS 3
September 05, 2016Smarty Jones S.PARX RACING33
July 16, 2016 INDIANA GRAND RACE COURSE 2
June 11, 2016Belmont S. presented by NYRA BetsBELMONT PARK112
May 29, 2016 CHURCHILL DOWNS 1
May 07, 2016 CHURCHILL DOWNS 5
February 20, 2016 FAIR GROUNDS 2

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