10/17/2004 11:00PM

Perfect Soul retired


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Perfect Soul, a Grade 1 stakes winner of seven races and more than $1.5 million, has been retired.

"Where he goes to stand at stud has not been determined," said Roger Attfield, who conditions Perfect Soul for owner/breeder, Charles Fipke, here Sunday.

"He's an exceptionally good horse, in my opinion-a very efficient 'mile' horse-with an extremely good pedigree. I think he has a tremendous future at stud."

, 6 years old, is an Irish-bred by Sadler's Wells, a son of Northern Dancer, out of Ball Chairman, a daughter of Secretariat.

Unraced until age 4, Perfect Soul won his first three starts and finished second in the Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap here in his first campaign.

In 2003, Perfect Soul was ordained as Canada's champion turf male after winning three of eight races and more than $850,000, including the Grade 1 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile and the Grade 2 King Edward over 1 1/8 miles at Woodbine.

This year, Perfect Soul won the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland and ended second here in the Grade 1 Atto Mile.

The recent Shadwell Turf Mile-in which he finished seventh, as the 2-1 favorite-will stand as Perfect Soul's final career outing.

"He came out of the Shadwell Mile with a slightly elevated temperature, and didn't eat for two or three days," said Attfield. "He was very quiet--out of sorts.

"Our intention had been to go from there, to the Breeders Cup Mile, and then go to stud at the end of the season.

"But we obviously can't go on to the Breeders' Cup. It's time to pull up with him."