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Line of David

Lion Heart / Emma's Dilemma, by Capote
Print: 2007, ch - Entered Stud: 2011 | Fee: $2,000 S&N | Nominated to: Breeders' Cup, KTDF

Two First-Crop Colts on the Triple Crown Trail

  • FIVE stakes horses in first crop, incl. two Triple Crown prospects: California Derby winner CROSS THE LINE and $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) runner-up Firing Line ($144,800)
  • Other SHs: Wrongsidetwntynine ($80,000 sp), Dirt Monster  ($50,000 sp in debut), Carolina Jasmine ($50,000 sp)
  • Progeny have sold for $275,000, $240,000, $150,000, $110,000, $100,000, etc.
  • First two-year-olds in training averaged 8X the fee
  • Tough and gritty winner of the Arkansas Derby (G1), in his first start on dirt. 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
  • Winning time in Arkansas Derby is faster than Eclipse Champions Curlin, Lawyer Ron, Victory Gallop
  • Won three straight races at Santa Anita and Oaklawn as a 3-year-old at a mile and beyond, on dirt and turf, including a mile in 1:34.41
  • Precocious & productive sire line: Bred to be a sire - By a Grade 1-winning grandson of Storm Cat, from the direct family of Mr. Prospector (3rd dam is his full sister)
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Line of David News

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Line of David colt captures California Derby

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Cross the Line put himself on the 2015 Triple Crown trail with a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday’s $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields...

Cross the Line scores MdSpWt win on front end

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Top freshman sire Line of David netted the ninth winner from his first crop on Dec. 26 when the well-bred colt Cross the Line rolled home a 4 ½-length victor...

Line of David 2yo fires big in Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)

Monday, December 22, 2014
Line of David became just the fourth freshman stallion to sire a Grade 1 two-year-old in North America in 2014 when Firing Line ran second in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)...

Line of David colt dominates Del Mar MdSpWt

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Firing Line streaked to an impressive 4 ¼-maiden special weight win Sunday at Del Mar to become Line of David's eighth winner from his first crop...

Line of David chalks up fifth winner

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Freshman sire Line of David got his fifth winner from his first crop on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs when Lead the Line rallied for a half-length maiden win going six furlongs...

Line of David colt scores easy MdSpWt victory

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Line of David’s Dirt Monster, already a stakes-placed horse, returned to maiden special weight company on Oct. 11 and scored and easy 4 ½-length win...

Impressive Belmont MdSpWt winner for Line of David

Friday, October 03, 2014
Making his first start on the main track, Combat Diver battled to a well-earned victory in a $75,000 maiden special event over 1 1/16 miles at Belmont today...

Line of David colt brings six figures at FT Midlantic sale

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A colt from the first crop of Line of David brought $100,000 during day 2 of Fasig-Tipton’s May 19-20 Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Timonium, Md...

Line of David colts bring $275K, $240K at Keeneland sale

Monday, April 07, 2014
A pair of colts by Line of David both brought more than $200,000 at the April 7 Keeneland 2-year-olds in Training Sale, for an average of $257,500...

Spendthrift stallions' 2yos breeze big for Keeneland April sale

Friday, April 04, 2014
A trio of juvenile colts by Spendthrift first-year stallions Line of David and Warrior's Reward turned in eye-catching breezes during Thursday's preview show for the 2014 Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale...

First Line of David colt offered at Barretts March sale

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Grade 1 winner Line of David's first 2-year-old will be offered at the upcoming Barretts March...

Spendthrift sets 2014 fees, Malibu Moon to $95,000

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms announced its 2014 stud fees for 21 stallions both Kentucky-based and regional, led again by leading sire Malibu Moon whose fee moves to $95,000 S&N. The following are all Spendthrift stallions and locations for 2014, including stands and nurses fees...

Buyers rally around Spendthrift freshman sires

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Fasig-Tipton July Sale was filled with fireworks as the historic sales company kicked off the yearling season in Lexington, Kentucky. And freshman sires were a big part of the excitement including Spendthrift's three young prospects Line of David, Temple City, and Warrior's Reward...

First Yearlings hit the market for Spendthrift Freshmen

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Warrior’s Reward, Line of David, and Temple City will be represented with their first respective yearlings to hit the sales market on July 15 at the annual Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Lexington...

G1 winner Line of David sires first foals

Thursday, February 09, 2012
Grade 1 winner Line of David sired his first reported foals when a colt and filly were both born recently in Central Kentucky...

Mares pregnant by Spendthrift's trio of new stallions

Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Mares have been confirmed in foal to all three of Spendthrift Farm's new stallions for 2011, including Grade 1 winners Warrior's Reward and Line of David, as well as record-setting graded stakes-winner Temple City...

Spendthrift adds two more G1 winners to 2011 roster

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Spendthrift Farm will stand Grade 1 winners Warrior's Reward and Line of David in 2011, as was announced Friday night at the farm's annual breeders' party in Lexington...

G1 winner Line of David to Spendthrift

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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...

Line of David's Race and (Stakes) Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 2 0 0 1 $5,800
3 5 3 0 0 $656,200
Total 7 3 0 1 $662,000

Racing Highlights

Won at 3

  • Arkansas Derby (gr-I, 9f, defeating Super Saver, Dublin, Uh Oh Bango, Noble's Promise, New Madrid, Berberis, Pulsion, Northern Giant).
  • An allowance race at Santa Anita Park (8f, turf, by 4 1/2, defeating Coloursoftheglen, Raging Wit, Gilligan, Golden Horizon, Majestic Afleet).
  • A maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park (8f, turf, defeating Royal F J, Saw Perfection, Royce, Mister Do It, Duke of Aspen, Ad Infinitum, King of Kendall, Myositis Miracle, Maybe Yes).

Line of David Pedigree / Analysis

Click to download pedigree - (.pdf opens in new window)
Dosage Profile: DP = 7-1-8-0-0 (16) DI = 3.00 CD = 0.94
courtesy of Pedigree Query
ch. 2001
dkb/br. 1994
br. 1983
STORM BIRD (CAN) b. 1978
TERLINGUA (USA) ch. 1976
b. 1987
NARRATE (USA) dkb/br. 1980 *
b. 1990
b. 1966
HAIL TO REASON (USA) br. 1958 [C]
JOLIE DEJA (USA) b. 1954
ch. 1979
NASKRA (USA) b. 1967
b. 2000
br. 1984
dkb/br. 1974 [BC]
BOLD REASONING (USA) dkb/br. 1968
MY CHARMER (USA) b. 1969 *
dkb/br. 1964
BALD EAGLE (USA) b. 1955
ch. 1986
ch. 1961 [B]
RAISE YOU (USA) ch. 1946 *
ch. 1977
PRINCE JOHN (USA) ch. 1953 [C]

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.

Line of David’s nearest inbreeding or linebreeding is 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. Other branches of Roberto that have done well under Storm Cat include Kris S., (sire of Arch, Prized, 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.

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 (and of course Lion Heart has grade one winner Dangerous Midge out of a Seattle Slew mare). 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 . 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.

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 (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 line horse who is out of a mare by Medaille d’Or, a horse bred on a reverse cross to Storm Cat. Gilded Time is another Damascus line horse that appeals, as he crossed very well with Mr. Prospector.

There are five stakes winners bred on a Storm Cat cross over mares by Broad Brush. 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, 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 seven stakes winners, three graded, including grade one Henny Hughes, as well as grade two winner Soul Warrior (by Lion Heart).

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 sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller). There are 31 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, and might be particularly good through Awesome Again, Dehere, French Deputy, Salt Lake, 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 and Royal Academy.

In general, Tale of the Cat, who is out of a mare by Mr. Prospector, has a below opportunity stakes production rate with mares from the Mr. Prospector line (although the cross has produced nine stakes winners). 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), Line of David may prove much more successful with that strain.  Branches of Mr. Prospector to consider include Fappiano through Unbridled’s Song and Quiet American, and Forty Niner, including Distorted Humor. Thunder Gulch, Seeking the Gold and his sons, and Carson City (broodmare sire of a Lion Heart stakes winner) and sons are other promising options.

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