Charles Fipke lives in British Columbia and has been active in racing in Canada and North America since 1981. In 1991, Fipke discovered one of the largest diamond mines in Canada in 1991, of which he later named horse Tale of Ekati after, who finished fourth in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Among Fipke's other success in racing is his victory in the 2011 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf with Perfect Shirl.
In 2013, Fipke campaigned Java's War, who punched his ticket to Churchill for the Kentucky Derby after an impressive last to first finish in Keeneland's Bluegrass Stakes (G1), a key prep race for the Derby. Fipke also sent homebred Golden Soul to the Kentucky Derby as one of only two owners to have more than one horse running in this year's Kentucky Derby. Golden Soul proved he belonged when he finished runner up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby. From there, Golden Soul moved on to run in the 1 1/2 mile Belmont Stakes.