Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 8f ,)
PERFECT SOUL (IRE)
Sadler's Wells Ball Chairman , by Secretariat
BC. Fipke, IRE.; OCharles E. Fipke; TRoger L. Attfield
Honor in War
Lord At War (ARG) Catumbella , by Diesis (GB)
BW Lazy T Limited, KY.; O3rd Turn Stables LLC; TPaul J. McGee
Touch of the Blues (FR)
Cadeaux Genereux (GB) Silabteni , by Nureyev
BGainesborough Stud Management, FR.; OGainsborough Farm LLC; TNeil D. Drysdale
Margins: ¾, ½, 1¼. Others: Soaring Free 126($30,000) , Inesperado (FR) 126($18,000) , Trademark (SAF) 126 , Della Francesca 126 , Naraingang (BRZ) 126 , Stage Call (IRE) 126 , Fredericktown 126 . Winning Jockey, Edgar S. Prado.
Charles E. Fipke, a world-renowned diamond explorer and subject of numerous articles, also seems to know a thing or two about breeding horses. Six years ago, he bred his mare Ball Chairman to Irish stallion Sadler’s Wells, and the result was a colt that now looms as a possible Breeders’ Cup contestant. Homebred Perfect Soul, foaled in Ireland, captured the Oct. 4 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
Fipke, from Kalowna, British Columbia, Canada, discovered one of the largest diamond mines in the hemisphere in northwest Canada. His life and exploration feats are chronicled in the biography Fire Into Ice.
“He’s been identified as a leader in identifying diamond fields and has probably visited a hundred countries,” said friend Andy McKinnon, who boards some of Fipke’s horses at his Anson Stud Farm near Caledon East, Ontario, Canada. McKinnon, who owns the farm with his wife, Sonja, knows Fipke from their days in British Columbia.
Fipke was in the news earlier this year when he paid a record amount for a 2-year-old in training. He parted with $2.7 million to acquire a Sea of Secrets colt at the Barretts March sale. Named Diamond Fury and trained by Bob Baffert in Southern California, the colt finished third at Del Mar in August in his first and only start.
Fipke bought Ball Chairman for $180,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November breeding stock sale through Halvorson Bloodstock from Lane’s End, agent. The mare was in foal to Lane’s End stallion Dixieland Band, and the resultant foal, Dimontina, was stakes-placed. Dimontina is a member of Fipke’s broodmare band. Ball Chairman is boarded at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
“Charles hardly ever sells a horse,” Andy McKinnon said. “We’re standing Perfect Soul’s older full brother, Not Impossible, at the farm. His (Fipke) 2-year-olds are prepared by the McKathan brothers (J.B. and Kevin) in Florida.”
Six-year-old Not Impossible never raced because of a sesamoid injury and stands at stud at Anson Stud.
Sadler’s Wells has sired 227 stakes winners. His 29 stakes winners of 2003 include other U.S. graded winners Ballingarry (gr. IIIT) and Carib Lady (gr. IIIT), plus European group I winners Black Sam Bellamy, Brian Boru, High Chaparral, Islington, Refuse To Bend, and Yesterday. Sadler’s Wells stands at Coolmore.—D.S.