Line of David , the surprise winner of the April 10 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), was officially clocked in 1:02 for his five-furlong workout the morning of April 20 at Churchill Downs. Ike and Dawn Thrash’s 3-year-old colt had exercise rider Lupillo Alferrez aboard. It was the 14th fastest of 30 works at the distance on the morning.
“It wasn’t super fast, but he’s coming here from being out on the road and shipping,” trainer John Sadler said. “It was a nice work; he went well.”
Sadler noted he caught the drill in 1:01 2/5, with timed splits of :12 1/5, :24 3/5, :36 3/5, and :48 4/5 for the son of Lion Heart.
Line of David, who is out of the Capote mare Emma’s Dilemma, won the Arkansas Derby by a neck over Super Saver as a 17-1 shot. His previous five starts had come over synthetic surfaces in Southern California. The colt shipped to Louisville April 13.
“The surface is good,” Sadler said of Churchill Downs’ main track. “There was a little grumbling last week from some of the trainers that it was a little hard, but it was OK this morning.”
Sadler said Line of David will get one more work under him prior to the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and that will likely come on Monday, April 26. Sadler noted the work will be a longer than five furlongs.
Line of David was bred in Florida by Sabine Stable.
Sadler also trains Sidney's Candy , winner of the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). Sidney’s Candy’s final Derby drill is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, “depending on the weather,” according to Sadler.