Owner: Charles Fipke
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Robby Albarado
- *Finished second behind Orb in the Kentucky Derby, rallying from 15th place, at odds of 34-1, to earn a lifetime best Beyer Speed Figure of 100
* Best finish in three stakes at the Fair Grounds this year was a second, 11 ½ lengths behind subsequent Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow in the LeComte.
* A homebred by owner Charles Fipke, Golden Soul is out of an unraced daughter of Mr. Prospector named Hollywood Gold. He is a half-brother to Quintons Gold Rush, who won the Grade 2 Lexington at Keeneland in 2004 and finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby
Born in 1946, Fipke, who lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, is one of the leading diamond excavators in the world. His exploits are chronicled in the book “Fire into Ice” by Vernon Frolick. In 1991, he discovered a diamond mine in Canada, triggering a rush in the Northwest Territories that saw approximately 200 companies register claims to mine on 100,000 square miles of land. As founder of DiaMet Minerals, he established the first diamond mine in Canada, Ekati Diamond Mine. His discoveries have led Canada to become the third-leading diamond producer in the world. Involved with horse racing since 1981, Fipke bred and owned multiple Grade 1 winner Tale of Ekati, who won the Wood Memorial and Cigar Mile. Fipke bred and owns Darby Dan stallion Perfect Soul, a multiple graded stakes-winner and the sire of Golden Soul. Perfect Shirl, a Fipke-owned and bred daughter of Perfect Soul, won the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at odds of 28-1. Fipke won the $1 million Queen’s Plate in 2008 with Not Bourbon. He has horses in training with Dallas Stewart, Roger Attfield, Barclay Tagg and Bob Baffert. He currently is the owner of Kel-Ex Development, a mine excavation and mineral services company.
Stewart was born September 15, 1959 in McComb, Mich. and worked as an exercise rider, jockey and valet in his teens. A former assistant to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Stewart took out his trainer’s license in 1985. His best year was in 2001, when his runners earned $3.86 million. In 2000, he won the Keeneland Spring Meet training title and the following year he won the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (now the Ladies Classic) with Unbridled Elaine. In 2006, his Lemons Forever upset the Kentucky Oaks, running from last to first to win at odds of 50-1. He has saddled two Belmont starters: Dollar Bill, fourth in 2001, and Macho Again, fifth in 2008. He resides in Louisville, Ky., and New Orleans.
Albarado, 41, was born in Lafayette, La., and grew up riding the bush tracks in his native state. His first victory came at Evangeline Downs in 1990 and he has since won more than 4,500 career races. His best-known mount was two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who won the Preakness in 2007 and went on to become the first North American horse to win more than $10 million. In addition to Curlin, who was second in 2007 to Rags to Riches, Albarado has made two other appearances in the Belmont Stakes, finishing fourth on Steppenwolfer in 2006 and second on Denis of Cork in 2008.
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