06/05/2011 4:44PM

Woodbine: Check Your Soul draws away in Plate Trial

Michael Burns
Check Your Soul wins the Plate Trial at Woodbine by 3 1/4 lengths.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Check Your Soul ($8.70) rallied stoutly from the back of the pack to capture Sunday’s $150,400 Plate Trial Stakes, an important prep for the $1 million Queen’s Plate.

Check Your Soul broke three lengths behind the other Canadian-bred 3-year-olds and then went four wide on the first turn while racing six lengths off the lead in the nine-furlong route. Favored Bear’s Chill set honest fractions while being pressed by Sandy Gully. Check Your Soul commenced a five-wide bid heading into the far turn.

Bowman’s Causeway also closed wide on the far turn, and Check Your Soul inherited the lead from him early in the lane before drawing off for a 3 1/4-length score, in a time of 1:51.16.

Saratoga shipper Bowman’s Causeway, who was making his first start for trainer Chad Brown, finished a clear second in his first start since he trailed in the April 3 Florida Derby. Strike Oil was a wake-up third and was followed by Hippolytus, Sensational Slam, Imhotep, Sandy Gully, Speed Ring, and Bear’s Chill.

Patrick Husbands rode the Roger Attfield-trained Check Your Soul, who banked $90,000 for owner-breeder Charles Fipke.

“He’s still learning,” Husbands said. “He hasn’t really figured it out yet. As the gates opened, he went up in the air. When I got by the three-quarter pole, I was kicking along. I wasn’t really worried, because I knew I was on a nice horse. He comes from way out of it. From the two times I rode him, [I found] you can do anything with this horse.”

Check Your Soul should be no worse than the second choice for the June 26 Plate, a 1 1/4-mile event for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.