Florida pinhooker Eddie Woods celebrated following the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) two years ago after Big Brown won the race. Woods had purchased the strapping son of Boundary for $60,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling auction and then had resold him for $190,000 at the 2007 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
This year, Woods will have another rooting interest in the Run for the Roses: Line of David . In 2009, Woods consigned the son of Lion Heart to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training for a long-time client, Joe and Winifred Greeley’s Sabine Stable, which bred the chestnut colt. Line of David was bought back for $150,000, but “(trainer) John Sadler and Gary Young bought him (privately) the next morning,” Woods said.
Racing for Ike and Dawn Thrash and trained by Sadler, Line of David was the surprise winner of the April 10 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), and he is a 30-1 longshot on the morning line for the Derby, which will be run May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Wood’s memories of Line of a David as a 2-year-old are positive ones.
“I didn’t have him too long, just a short period of time to finish him up for the sale,” Woods said. “He worked well for the sale (covering a quarter mile in :21), but, as popular as he was, he didn’t bring what we thought he would bring. We thought he would bring a little bit more.
“He was really nice, and he was big for a Lion Heart. Lion Hearts are inclined to be zippy-looking, quick little horses. He was taller and had more stretch to him, and he was a beautiful mover. He was a long-striding, easy-going horse, and he was always very classy.”
Line of David is coming into the Kentucky Derby with a three-race winning streak. In addition to the Arkansas Derby, he captured two one-mile turf events at Santa Anita Park.