Chuck Fipke’s homebred Perfect Shower, at 45-1, sprung a major upset in the last leg of Canada’s Triple Crown series, the 12-furlong Breeders’ Stakes on turf at Woodbine today. By winning, Perfect Shower, a former claimer, also became the first stakes winner for his sire, Irish-bred Perfect Soul, a son of Sadler’s Wells. Fipke bred and raced Perfect Soul, a multiple Grade 1 winner, and stands the horse at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky.
Last year, Fipke’s homebred Not Bourbon won the Queen’s Plate, the most prestigious of the three races that comprise the Canadian Triple Crown. Not Bourbon’s sire, the late Not Impossible, was an unraced full brother to Perfect Soul. He was the first Sadler’s Wells-line stallion to sire a classic winner in North America, and Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra’s sire, Medaglia d’Oro, was the second. Perfect Soul is the third.