Updated on 09/17/2011 12:35PM

Perfect Soul emerges from pack

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Ridden by Edgar Prado, Perfect Soul pulls away from the pack in the stretch to win Saturday's $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Canadian legend Roger Attfield has saddled nine horses in the Breeders' Cup, but none since 1997. The drought probably ended Saturday for the veteran trainer when Perfect Soul earned a berth in the BC Mile by driving to a hard-fought victory in the Grade 1, $600,000 , richest race of the Keeneland fall meet.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Perfect Soul emerged a major contender in the final furlong of the Shadwell Mile after most of the 10-horse field had taken a shot at the lead. Soaring Free surged ahead in early stretch, but then Honor in War, then Perfect Soul, flew past in the final yards.

Perfect Soul, a 5-year-old horse by Sadler's Wells, returned $15 as the fifth choice after finishing a mile in 1:36.01 over firm going. Honor in War finished three-quarters of a length back in second, while late-running Touch of the Blues was another half-length back in third. Soaring Free was fourth.

Perfect Soul, an Irish-bred owned by Charles Fipke, "is a real nice horse," said Attfield. "He's really been running well this year."

Fredericktown, the longest shot at 67-1, sped out to a huge lead down the backstretch, but the rest caught up soon enough. Soaring Free, Trademark, and Inesperado were among the first to go past, and then virtually the whole field bunched together.

In his last two starts, Perfect Soul made a brief lead before fading to fifth in the Aug. 16 Arlington Million, then was a rallying third in the Sept. 14 Atto Mile. "I thought he ran great in the Atto Mile," said Attfield.

The best Breeders' Cup finishes for Attfield, one of the all-time greats in Canada, were runner-up performances by Play the King in the 1988 Sprint and With Approval in the 1990 Turf.

Trainer Paul McGee said the BC Mile also is likely for Honor in War, a 9-1 shot ridden by David Flores.

* Earlier Saturday, Sharbayan, ridden by Pat Day, ran his 2003 record to 4 for 4 when he pulled away to win the Grade 3, $138,200 Sycamore Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over late-running Cetewayo. The winner paid $7.80 after finishing 1 1/2 miles in 2:29.55.

Owned by Iron County Farms and trained by Wally Dollase, Sharbayan was winning a graded stakes for the first time in seven races since being imported from France. Always in striking position in a field of 10, Sharbayan took over for Better Talk Now at the top of the stretch before turning back several stretch challenges.