Stewart: Seeking the Soul suffered from thumps in Pacific Classic

August 19, 2019 01:25pm
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Dallas Stewart didn’t plan for Seeking the Soul to race again between last Saturday’s TVG Pacific Classic (G1) and the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Then again, the trainer couldn’t have anticipated the cause behind his favorite running a non-competitive seventh in a field of 10 older horses.

“We need to get a race in him,” Stewart said. “It’s a situation where he came out of the race and had the thumps. It’s an electrolyte imbalance.

“Who knows when it might have happened? It might have happened in the post parade or something. He just never got comfortable. It happens from time to time.”

Another famous recent case of thumps, which evidence themselves in the form of equine hiccups, was that of Irish War Cry, the Graham Motion trainee who struggled to run in warm conditions.

“It wasn’t hot. The weather was great,” Stewart said of Saturday at Del Mar. “I don’t know what caused it.”

But he does know where to expect Seeking the Soul’s next appearance. The 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul, a Charles Fipke homebred, is scheduled to return home to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

“He’ll get right back to work,” Stewart said, training toward the Sept. 28 Lukas Classic (G3). “We need to get a race in him.”

Two starts back, Seeking the Soul earned his “Win and You’re In” trip to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park when taking Churchill’s Stephen Foster. Last season, his victory came in Churchill Downs’ Ack Ack (G3), and in 2017 Seeking the Soul became a top-level winner in the Clark Handicap (G1) under the Twin Spires.

Seeking the Soul’s other career highlights include a second in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and runner-up in the 2019 Pegasus World Cup (G1), both behind the since-retired City of Light.

The Lukas Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race named after Stewart’s mentor, trainer D. Wayne Lukas, carries a $250,000 purse.


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