Line of David, Grade 1 winner of this year's $1 million Arkansas Derby, has been retired and will stand at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm for the 2011 breeding season.
A winner of three consecutive races earlier this year, Line of David quickly rose from the maiden and allowance ranks at Santa Anita before bursting onto the Triple Crown scene in his first stakes attempt and first start on dirt – the prestigious Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn. The grand-looking chestnut colt set blazing fractions of :22.65, :46.26, 1:10.75 and 1:36.52 before kicking on to win in 1:49.37 for 1 1/8 miles over a top field of Triple Crown contenders.
Line of David out-finished both Super Saver, winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his next start, and Grade 1 winner Dublin after the three colts lined up together straightening for home. Among the other top horses Line of David defeated was Grade 1 winner Noble's Promise.
In defeating that trio of Grade 1 winners, Line of David beat more Grade 1 winners than such previous Arkansas Derby champions as Curlin, Lawyer Ron, Afleet Alex, Smarty Jones, etc.
Line of David is the top performer for his sire Lion Heart, who was the Leading Freshman Sire of 2008 by stakes horses and second in earnings. He is out of the Capote mare Emma's Dilemma and hails from the direct female family of the legendary Mr. Prospector, as his fourth dam is the blue hen Gold Digger.
Trained by John Sadler for former owners Ike and Dawn Thrash, he retires with a record of 7-3-0-1 and earnings of $662,000, including victories on both dirt and turf.