Jerome H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 8f ,)
TALE OF EKATI
Tale of the Cat Silence Beauty (JPN) , by Sunday Silence
BCharles Fipke, KY.; OCharles E. Fipke; TBarclay Tagg
You and I Forever
A.P. Indy You , by You and I
BEdmund A. Gann, KY.; OEdmund A. Gann; TWilliam I. Mott
Macho Uno Freedom Come , by Lit de Justice
BAdena Springs, ON.; OStronach Stables; TTodd A. Pletcher
Tale of Ekati didnÕt let a sloppy track get in the way of a fine performance in the Oct. 5 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at a mile at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt took charge in the stretch and won by a length. Cornelio Velasquez rode him for breeder/owner Charles Fipke and trainer Barclay Tagg.
Tale of Ekati was a leading 2-year-old last year and one of the favorites leading up to this yearÕs Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He won the 2007 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park and ran second in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. This year, he defeated 2-year-old champion male War Pass in winning the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) prior to running fourth in the Run for the Roses.
Tale of Ekati was foaled at John PhillipsÕ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. Fipke named the son of Tale of the Cat after the Ekati Mine, a diamond mine on land in the Northwest Territories in Canada that Fipke explored with Dr. Stewart Blusson. Fipke owns a 10% interest in the mine.
Fipke is represented by additional 2008 stakes winners Not Bourbon and SocietyÕs Chairman (in partnership). A homebred, Not Bourbon has won four stakes this year, including the classic QueenÕs Plate Stakes at Woodbine. His most recent win came in the Sept. 20 Overskate Stakes at the track.
Fipke, who started in racing as an owner in 1981, won three graded stakes with homebred Perfect Soul. The son of SadlerÕs Wells scored his big win in the 2003 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT). He stands at stud at Darby Dan.
Tale of EkatiÕs dam, Japanese-bred Silence Beauty, is boarded at Darby Dan. By Sunday Silence, she is the dam of a weanling filly by Perfect Soul and is in foal to him.
Tale of the Cat has sired 53 stakes winners. His dozen added-money winners this year include three stakes winners Oct. 4, including Queen of the Catsle, who won the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT), and Tell A Tale (NZ-II). Tale of the Cat stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2008 fee was $37,500.ÑD.S.