Morning Line, bred by Dell Ridge Farm, has finished in the money nine times out of 10 starts and has career earnings totaling $1,114,800 for Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable. So far this year he’s won the grade I Carter Handicap at Aqueduct and finished second in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
The colt will remain in training with Nick Zito, who will start him July 2 in Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park. The Salvator will be Morning Line’s final prep before contesting the grade I Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 6 at Saratoga.
“We are extremely impressed with Morning Line’s race record over the past year and feel he has the potential to make an outstanding sire with his striking good looks and exceptional pedigree,” said Will Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm. “He will stand at Lane’s End Farm upon his future retirement.”
Morning Line was a $700,000 yearling sold by Lane’s End as agent to Legends Racing at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. He broke his maiden by eight lengths at Monmouth Park as a 3-year-old and then won an allowance race at Saratoga by 11 lengths. After his victory in the grade II Pennsylvania Derby, Morning Line finished second by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.