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Stewart Gives Golden Soul "Thumbs Up"

Trainer Dallas Stewart gave a cautious “thumbs up” Friday on the condition of Charles Fipke’s homebred Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), following an eventful journey in an allowance race that served as his debut on turf Wednesday at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky.
The son of Perfect Soul finished ninth as the favorite in a field of 12 in the 1 ½-mile race. While the official chart of the race notes only that Golden Soul “tired,” Stewart said his horse encountered some trouble during the race.
“He actually a bad step in the race in mid-turn on the final turn,” Stewart said. “He was pretty sore in his pastern and his foot. We iced him until about one o’clock in morning (after the race) and got him back the next morning and iced him. We’ve iced him two or three times today.
“I don’t think there’s anything major, but I think he might have stepped in a hole or something. Thank God it looks he’s okay right now.”

Stewart will not consider any future plans for Golden Soul until he’s sure the colt has made it through this mishap.  Golden Soul has a career record of 1-3-0 in 10 races with earnings of $533,034.

Along with continued improvement by Golden Soul following his scare, Stewart will be looking for additional reasons to celebrate in the near-term from a pair of fillies in his barn. Donarra Thoroughbreds LLC’s Irish Lute, a contender in Saturday’s 30th running of Churchill Downs’ Dogwood (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies, and Valene Farm’s Designer Legs, the Louisiana-bred winner of the Adirondack (GII) at Saratoga have Stewart thinking big.
Irish Lute is the 9-2 third-choice in the one-mile Dogwood and will seek to rebound from a sixth-place finish behind Sweet Lulu in the Test (I) at Saratoga. She was third over that New York track behind Lighthouse Bay in her previous start in the Prioress (GI).  
“She was solid at Saratoga,” Stewart said. “In her last race she reared up in the gate and it kind of rattled her a little bit and took her off her game a touch.”
The daughter of hot sire Midnight Lute is seeking her first stakes victory and her third win in six races at Churchill Downs.  Her top career effort was third-place run in the Eight Belles (GIII) over the Louisville track on Kentucky Derby Day.
“She’s been solid all year and she loves this track,” Stewart said. “As long as it’s dry, I think she’ll have a fair shake.”
Shaun Bridgmohan will ride Irish Lute, who has a career record of 2-3-2 in 10 races.  
Designer Legs is being pointed toward the Oct. 4 Alcibiades (GI) at Keeneland. She breezed at Churchill Downs on Thursday, covering four furlongs in :48.60 over a fast track.


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