Warrior's Reward, a 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d'Oro , remains in training and is likely to retire to Spendthrift after the Breeders' Cup. Trained by Ian Wilkes for Steven Miles, Warrior's Reward won the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct in April over multiple graded stakes winners Musket Man and Munnings.
Line of David, a 3-year-old colt by Lion Heart, was retired to Spendthrift following a campaign that saw him defeat grade I winners Noble's Promise, Dublin, and next-out Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
Trained by John Sadler for Ike and Dawn Thrash, the chestnut colt was making his first start away from California, and first on dirt, in the Arkansas Derby. He set fractions of :22.65, :46.26, and 1:10.75 before running 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.37, determinedly outfinishing Super Saver to the wire. The victory capped a three-race win streak for Line of David.
“We're delighted to be able to offer breeders two stallions of this caliber,” said B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift. “Both colts are grade I winners by hot sires, and both physically look the part. We believe they'll be well received.”