Sunday, October 5, 2003

Perfect Soul rallies at Keeneland



The Enquirer and wire reports

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fast-closing Perfect Soul passed four horses in the stretch and finished 3/4 of a length ahead of Honor in War to win Saturday's featured Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

Perfect Soul, a 5-year-old Irish-bred son of Salder's Wells, used a similar finish last month to take third in the Grade I Atto Mile at Woodbine.

Owner Charles Fipke said Perfect Soul, who has won three times in seven starts this year, will run next in the Breeders' Cup Mile in three weeks at Santa Anita.

Perfect Soul's trainer, Roger Attfield, said he was encouraged by the horse's loss at Woodbine.

"The bottom line is, he's a very nice horse," Attfield said. "We shortened him back, shortened him back, shortened him back, and then we went to the Atto Mile, and he was just too far out of it. He made a huge run (in that race), a lot bigger than a lot of people appreciated. I came into this race with a lot of confidence."

In seventh place with a quarter mile remaining, Perfect Soul went wide after working his way out from behind a wall of horses at the top of the stretch. He passed Honor in War and Touch of the Blues in the final strides and finished in 1:36.01.

"We had a great trip," jockey Edgar Prado said. "They were smokin' up front so I just waited and the horse responded."

Honor in War, with three wins in his last six races, might also run in the Breeders' Cup Mile, trainer Paul McGee said.

"He made a good, good, beautiful run," jockey David Flores said. "The stretch just got kind of long."

Perfect Soul paid $15, $7.20 and $4.40. Honor and War paid $9 and $6 and Touch of the Blues paid $3.20.

Trademark, the 3-1 favorite, finished sixth and won't run in the Breeders' Cup, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

In the Grade II Lane's End Breeders' Futurity for 2-year-olds, Eurosilver pulled away in the stretch for a 4 3/4-length win over Tiger Hunt.

Eurosilver, off at odds of 12-1, was fifth after 3/4 of a mile but took the lead at the top of the stretch and was not seriously challenged after that. The Kentucky-bred son of Unbridled's Song is trained by Nick Zito and covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.42.

"He's a horse that's going to continue to improve," said assistant trainer Tim Poole. "The more mature he gets, the more professional he becomes."

Eurosilver, who has won two of his three career races and was second in the other, "hopefully" will run next in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, said Mohammed Moubarak, the racing manager for the horse's owners, Buckram Oak Farm.

"I really love this horse because he's never had dirt in (his) face and he didn't even mind it," Eurosilver jockey Javier Castellano said. "He just ran right into it. There's not too many 2-year-olds that do that."

Tiger Hunt nosed out Limehouse for second, while 2-1 favorite Value Plus, in second place entering the stretch, finished fourth.

Mass Media, the second favorite, finished 10th in the 11-horse field. He had won his first two career races by a combined 33 lengths at Louisiana Downs, but had not raced past six furlongs.

"He's had everything his own way in his first two races and this was a different group of horses today," trainer Cole Norman said.

Eurosilver paid $25.80, $12 and $9.20. Tiger Hunt paid $10.80 and $7.60, while Limehouse paid $8.80.

In the Grade III Sycamore Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds and up, 3-1 second favorite Sharbayan held off late charges from runner-up Cetewayo and Deputy Strike to win the 1 1/2-mile turf race by 1 3-4 lengths.

The Irish-bred 5-year-old gelding, ridden by Pat Day, extended his winning streak to four races.

"We had a wonderful trip - we saved ground all the way, he responded when called upon and drew away," Day said. "You couldn't ask for anything better."

Sharbayan paid $7.80, $4.60 and $3.20. Cetewayo paid $11.20 and $7, while Deputy Strike paid $6.80.

• BELMONT PARK: Odds-on favorite Sightseek gave trainer Bobby Frankel his record-setting 23rd Grade I victory of 2003 in the $750,000 Beldame Stakes, winning by 4 1/2 lengths over Bird Town.

The 4-year-old filly won her fourth straight Grade 1 race and, coupled with reigning Horse of the Year Azeri's loss last week, it's Sightseek who's likely to be favored when the horses meet in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

In three other BC prep races, Birdstone caught favorite Chapel Royal in the stretch and won the $500,000 Champagne for 2-year-olds; Society Selection was a surprise winner over Victory U.S.A. in the $500,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies; and long shot Freefourinternet nosed out Proud Man to take the $250,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup on the turf.

• SANTA ANITA PARK: Pleasantly Perfect could be headed to the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic after winning the $500,000 Goodwood Handicap for the second year in a row.




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