Scott Gillies wrote this on July 29 in his “Five-Cross Files” blog in bloodhorse.com: “In my mind, last year’s stallion CI standout was Perfect Soul (IRE) (SRO). Despite standing for only $15,000, his 3.06 CI for foals born in 2008 beat every stallion up to a $100,000 stud fee except for one (his fellow Northern Dancer-line stallion Dixieland Band). If I were a commercial breeder or even a pinhooker, I would take notice. Here’s why: it’s fair to assume that the Perfect Soul foals of 2008 will be standout runners in 2011. (While he’s unlikely to throw extreme precocity and therefore might not have top juveniles in 2010, his own talent and the fact that his mares are proven producers mean that we should expect a solid crop of talented sophomores a year later.)”
On August 2, almost as a harbinger, Perfect Soul’s 3-year-old Perfect Shower won the last leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the 12-furlong Breeders’ Stakes on turf at Woodbine, to become the stallion’s first stakes winner. Give Scott a cigar for the bold prediction before the success!
On the same day before the race — and it’s funny how these thing work out — I’d commented to Jack Werk and Alan Porter in separate conversations that it looked as if Perfect Soul was on the verge of being declared a certified bomb, along with Strong Hope, who also stood for $15,000 at Claiborne but has since been moved to owner Eugene Melnyk’s Winding Oaks Farm in Florida with zero stakes winners to his credit, to date.
Strong Hope is owned by Alan’s client Eugene Melnyk. Perfect Soul is owned by Jack’s client Chuck Fipke. Jack runs eNicks, a pioneering online nicking service, and Alan co-developed and owns with Bloodhorse Publications TrueNicks, a rival nicking service that also letter rates nicks as Jack’s system does.
You’d think that two stallions within the sphere of influence of two of the leading pedigree gurus in the country would have done better, but neither is a magician and each works for a client that has his own say in matters as well. Chuck Fipke, for instance, beats to his own drum and inadvertently followed the inverse formula for commercial success, and this is what Scott Gillies’ blog post illustrates. Instead of having his best mares in Crop 1 and descending in quality thereafter, Perfect Soul’s third-crop foals are actually from better mares than his second, which were better than his first. Not surprisingly, Perfect Soul was a commercial flop with his first crop, but as Scott Gillies has noted he may actually have potentially better runners in the pipeline. “Darby Dan has actually been getting phone calls from breeders interested in going to the stallion next year after the Breeders’ Stakes win,” Jack said, “And in all fairness, Perfect Soul was not really expected to be a 2-year-old sire. He was a late-developing horse, and as you can see his first stakes winner came in August of his 3-year-old season, and you’d expect them to get better with age.”