(Seeking the Soul)
If ever there was a horse aptly named, it is Seeking the Soul.
Since his very beginnings, as humble as they were, the horse has sought the soul of his owner and breeder — Charles Fipke. He has sought the soul of his trainer and constant care-giver — Dallas Stewart. He has sought your soul. And, he has sought my soul.
He has sought approval.
He has sought attention.
He has sought that finish line as hard as any horse in history.
He has fought, too.
You see, when he was just a young fellow and a pup in the world of Thoroughbred racehorses, Seeking the Soul was offered up for sale at the OBS Open June Sale in 2015.
He was just a fledgling 2-year-old at the time. He was mostly awkward legs and gangly body. He was raw and ripe for the pickings. But, apparently, he wasn’t overly attractive or compelling. There were no pickers.
The colt was brought home after he didn’t bring his reserve price of a modest $37,000. Brought home to Charles Fipke’s farm operation. Brought home and put into training with Charles Fipke’s other horses. Brought home and given to trainer Dallas Stewart.
Brought home to try and grow into a racehorse.
It wasn’t until a year later, that Seeking the Soul made his first start. He ran 2nd in a maiden race at the Fair Grounds in February of 2016. Two starts later, Seeking the Soul broke his maiden at Churchill Downs.
The race was on.
Although Seeking the Soul ran 12th in his next race, it was the G1 Belmont Stakes, after all. He was beaten many, many lengths that day by Creator.
But it was just the beginning of what has become a great career.
Later in 2016, Seeking the Soul was 3rd in the G3 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx Racing. In 2017, he was 3rd in the G3 Lukas Stakes at Churchill Downs.
And, then it happened. On Nov. 24, 2017, Seeking the Soul won the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. The starting gates and the floor gates opened.
In 2018, Seeking the Soul won the G3 Ack Ack Stakes; ran a helluva 2nd in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile; ran 3rd in the G1 Clark.
In 2019, the horse was 2nd to the great City of Light in the G1 Pegasus World Cup; 3rd in the G2 Alysheba; 1st in the G2 Stephen Foster.
He had captured the attention of many racing fans around the globe.
He had captured the hearts of many Churchill Downs racing fans, the place he always did his best running.
And, he had lived up to his name sake, too.
He had sought and found the soul of those who had come to know and love him most.
Here’s a look at Seeking the Soul, through one of his biggest admirers: Holly M. Smith:
(Seeking the Soul in the paddock)
(Seeking the Soul out for a morning gallop)
(Seeking the Soul when he won the Stephen Foster)
(Seeking the Soul eyes you from his stall)