Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Line of David
A grandson of Storm Cat’s spectacular son, Tale of the Cat, Line of David demonstrated the brilliance of his heritage leading throughout to capture three straight races, including the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), defeating Super Saver, winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on his next start. By Lion Heart, the fastest two-year-old his crop, and winner of the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), Line of David is from the immediate family of Mr. Prospector. He’s off to an outstanding start with a first crop, that (to 2/12/15) already includes California Derby winner Cross the Line, Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) second Firing Line, and five other stakes horses.
Line of David’s nearest inbreeding or linebreeding is to Gold Digger, the dam of Mr. Prospector. This suggests trying mares descending from Roberto (dam a close genetic relative to Gold Digger). We can note that from this line Tale of the Cat is sire of three stakes winners out mares by Red Ransom, and Line of David’s first crop grade one performer, Firing Line, is out of a mare by Hold For Gold, a son of Red Ransom. Other branches of Roberto that have done well under Storm Cat include Kris S., (sire of Arch – who appears as broodmare sire of Lion Heart’s multiple graded stakes winner Uncaptured – Prized – broodmare sire of a Lion Heart stakes winner – You and I and Rock Hard Ten), Dynaformer, Darby Creek Road, Lear Fan and Major Impact.
Roberto is from the sire line of Hail to Reason, and from the same sire line Storm Cat is good with Cure the Blues (including a graded stakes winner by Lion Heart), who could be brought in through American Chance. From the Halo of the Hail to Reason line, Lion Heart is sire of a stakes winner out of a mare by Saint Ballado, which also suggests trying mares by Devil’s Bag and his sons. Another Halo line stallion that might work well here is More Than Ready, a son of Southern Halo (broodmare sire of Lion Heart’s undefeated juvenile sensation, Kantharos). It is also worth considering introducing Halo through Rahy (broodmare sire of a Lion Heart stakes winner), who is out a sister to Saint Ballado and Devil’s Bag.
In general, Tale of the Cat, who is out of a mare by Mr. Prospector, had a below opportunity stakes production rate with mares from the Mr. Prospector, but Line of David, significantly further removed from the Mr. Prospector inbreeding, and with the background of Mr. Prospector’s family (including a three-parts-sister to that horse) may prove much more successful with that strain. We can note Line of David’s first crop California Derby winner Cross the Line out of a mare by Mr. Greeley (by Gone West, also sire of Grand Slam – broodmare sire of a Line of David graded stakes winner – Speightstown, Elusive Quality and Proud Citizen), and a stakes placed horse out of a mare by Fusaichi Pegasus. Other branches of Mr. Prospector to consider include Fappiano through Unbridled’s Song and Quiet American, Forty Niner (including Distorted Humor, Tactical Advantage – broodmare sire of a Lion Heart stakes winner – Coronado’s Quest, Gold Fever and Trippi), Gulch (broodmare sire of a Lion Heart stakes winner) and his son Thunder Gulch , Seeking the Gold (sire of Mutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town), Woodman (broodmare sire of a Lion Heart stakes winner), and Carson City (broodmare sire of Lion Heart millionaire Bourbon Courage) and sons such as City Zip, Lord Carson, Good and Tough, Five Star Day and Cuvee. From the Alydar branch of Raise a Native, Tale of the Cat sired Champion Gio Ponti from a daughter of that horse, and Lion Heart has stakes winner Bellacourt out of a mare by Alydar son, Strike the Gold, while mares by Alydar son, Saratoga Six, have also done well under Storm Cat.
There are at least ten stallions who are out of Seattle Slew line mares (as here), and who have sired stakes winners out mares from the Seattle Slew line. Lion Heart has been particularly good with Seattle Slew mares, getting Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) winner Dangerous Midge, grade two winning Know More, and graded winner Pretty Prolific, on that cross. The A.P. Indy branch has particular appeal here, including A.P. Indy sons out of Mr. Prospector mares, such as Pulpit (who is out of a sister to the dam of Tale of the Cat), Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Congrats and Flatter (broodmare sire of Lion Heart’s stakes placed son, Combat Diver). Other sons that might work well include Golden Missile, Aptitude, Stephen Got Even, Old Trieste and Jump Start. It would also be worth experimenting with sons of Pulpit, such as Tapit and Sky Mesa. Other sources of Seattle Slew worth considering here include Boston Harbor, Septieme Ciel, Vindication and Williamstown. From the same Boldnesian line as Seattle Slew comes Bold Ruckus, who has been also been good under Storm Cat, including through Beau Genius (broodmare sire of Lion Heart’s graded winner Heart Ashley).
Tale of the Cat sired a graded stakes winner out of a mare by a son of In Reality, and Lion Heart has graded stakes winner out of a mare by Valid Appeal, a son of In Reality. Among the sons of Valid Appeal are Successful Appeal, Valid Expectations and Valid Wager. Mares descending from In Reality through Relaunch who might be introduced through Skywalker/Bertrando/Officer, Honour and Glory/Put It Back, Cee’z Tizzy/Tiznow and Bright Launch.
Both Lion Heart and Tale of the Cat have stakes winners out of mares by Damascus son, Time for a Change (who could also be brought in through Fly So Free and Time Bandit). Tale of the Cat is also sire of a grade one winner from this line out of a mare by Private Account, who would be particularly interesting through Unaccounted For, whose dam is by The Minstrel, a genetic relative to Storm Bird, and a three-parts-brother to Nijinsky II, who are both in the pedigree of Tale of the Cat. Afternoon Deelites is a Damascus/Private Account line horse who is out of a mare by Medaille d’Or, a horse bred on a reverse cross to Storm Cat, and who is by Private Terms (broodmare sire of a Line of David stakes horse). Gilded Time is another Damascus line horse that appeals, as he crossed very well with Mr. Prospector.
There are six stakes winners bred on a Storm Cat cross over mares by Broad Brush, one grade one. This is potentially especially interesting with Line of David, as Broad Brush is out of a half-sister to the dam of Capote (broodmare sire of Line of David). Broad Brush son, Include (also broodmare sire of a Storm Cat line stakes winner), is particularly interesting, as he is inbred to this family, also carrying Capote’s half-brother Baldski. The Storm Cat line cross with mares by Meadowlake has produced such as grade one winner Henny Hughes, and Lion Heart grade two winner Soul Warrior.
Northern Dancer will be in the sixth generation of Line of David’s foals, so there is little prevent crossing Line of David back over Northern Dancer line mares. El Prado is by Sadler’s Wells, a product of a similar cross to Lion Heart, and is broodmare sire of two Lion Heart stakes winners, including grade one scorer Tom’s Tribute. He can be brought in through of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. There more than 100 stakes winners by sons of Storm Cat out of mares from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer, and Lion Heart has stakes winners out of mares by Boundary (sire of a Champion out of the dam of Tale of the Cat) and Eagle Eyed (a brother to Danehill). Tale of the Cat has stakes winners out of mares by Pine Bluff and Polish Navy (sire of Sea Hero) and Honor Grades. It could also be worth considering mares by Ascot Knight, Belong to Me and Chief’s Crown. The Storm Cat cross over mares from the Deputy Minister line has also done well, including Lion Heart’s brilliantly speedy graded stakes winner Agave Kiss, out of a mare by Salt Lake, and might also be introduced through Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Touch Gold (broodmare sire of a Lion of David stakes winner), Dehere, French Deputy, Forest Camp and Silver Deputy. Other Northern Dancer sources to consider are Dixieland Band and his son Dixie Union, and Nijinsky II, particularly through Shadeed, Sword Dancer, Strawberry Road, Royal Academy and Green Dancer (broodmare sire of a Lion Heart stakes winner).