Seeking the Soul
OwnerCharles E. Fipke
SirePerfect Soul (IRE)
DamSeeking 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.
- September 17, 2019
Little change for Week #15 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings as Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie holds onto the top spot with 287 votes, and maintains a solid lead over two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner, Thunder Snow (IRE), who has 183 votes in second place.
- September 10, 2019
Coming off a very quiet week in the Classic Division, the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings remain virtually the same as the results from last week’s poll. Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie leads the Top Ten, with the next six positions staying intact from Sept. 3.
- September 3, 2019
Centennial Farm’s 6-year-old Preservationist, a gritty half-length winner of the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday, soared back into the Top 10 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings.