Derby Contenders

Charles E. Fipke

Fipke is a geologist who discovered one of the largest diamond mines in Canada in 1991, the Ekati Mine which supplies more than 4 % of the world's diamond production. He currently lives in British Columbia and has been active in racing in Canada and North America since 1981. He won Canada's most prestigious race, The Queen's Plate, with his home bred Not Bourbon in 2008 and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby in 2007 with Tale of Ekati who is named for the famous diamond mine he owns a share of. In 2011 his Perfect Shirl was an upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs and 2012 saw his G-1 winner Jersey Town add the G-1 Kelso to his resume. Other top horses Fipke has campaigned include Perfect Soul, Lady Shakespeare and Society's Chairman.