Arkansas Derby (gr. I)
(gr. I , 9f ,)
LINE OF DAVID
Lion Heart Emma's Dilemma , by Capote
BSabine Stable, FL.; OThrash, Ike and Dawn; TJohn W. Sadler
Maria's Mon Supercharger , by A.P. Indy
BWinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; OWinStar Farm LLC; TTodd A. Pletcher
Afleet Alex Classy Mirage , by Storm Bird
BGerry Dilger, KY.; OBaker, Robert C. and Mack, William L.; TD. Wayne Lukas
Margins: neck, neck, 1¾. Others: Uh Oh Bango 122($50,000) , Noble's Promise 122($30,000) , New Madrid 118($5,000) , Berberis 118($5,000) , Pulsion 118($5,000) , Northern Giant 118($5,000) . Winning Jockey, Jon Kenton Court.
The April 10 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park was a special day for Joe GreelyÕs Sabine Stable, which bred both the victor, Line of David, and his grade I-winning sire, Lion Heart. After Line of David had failed to find the winnerÕs circle in his first three starts, it seemed doubtful he would ever emerge as a viable Triple Crown contender. But a light bulb finally clicked inside his head when the chestnut colt was twice tested at a mile on Santa Anita ParkÕs turf course earlier this year.
With his colt having won both those races in front-running fashion at the California track, trainer John Sadler then decided to try Line of David on the Oaklawn Park dirt, where he wired the field and won by a close neck.
ÒThe guy I had (exercising) him this week said he was perfect on the dirt,Ó said Sadler. ÒYou never know until they do it, and we as trainers tend to be so conservative we always get surprised when they do succeed.Ó
With the Arkansas Derby victory, Line of David raised his career earnings to $662,000 which should secure him a spot for the Run for the Roses.
Line of David is the first grade I winner for owners Ike and Dawn Thrash, who campaigned other graded victors Dawn After Dawn and Chin High.
Line of David was consigned to the 2009 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs March 2-year-old sale by Eddie Woods, agent, but the youngster failed to meet his reserve when the bidding stopped at $150,000.
Bred in Florida, Line of David is out of the winning Capote mare EmmaÕs Dilemma. Lillian Russell (by Prince John), the second dam of EmmaÕs Dilemma, is a half sister to Mr. Prospector, a two-time leading sire and nine-time leading broodmare sire in the United States.
EmmaÕs Dilemma has produced three foals, all of which are winners. Line of David is the mareÕs last reported offspring.
Lion Heart is the sire of 12 other stakes winners, including other 2010 added-money winner Pretty Prolific (gr. III). Lion Heart stands for a private fee at the Turkish Jockey Club after standing at CoolmoreÕs Kentucky and Australia farms since 2005.ÑE.M.