Recovered from knee surgery this summer, grade I winner Morning Line has joined the John Shirreffs stable at Hollywood Park, according to the track's publicity office.
The 4-year-old colt won the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct in April but had bone chips removed from both knees shortly after an unplaced effort in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 6.
In 2010, Morning Line won the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and finished second, beaten by a head, in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I). The son of Tiznow was trained in the East by Nick Zito in his previous 12 starts, compiling a 4-4-1 mark and earnings of more than $1.2 million.
Dr. Larry Bramlage performed the surgery on Morning LIne at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky.
Morning Line will stand at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., upon the conclusion of his racing career.
Bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm, Morning Line is campaigned by William S. Farish in partnership with Dixiana Stables and Thoroughbred Legend Racing Stable.
He sold for $700,000 as a yearling at the 2008 Keeneland September sale.
Shirreffs' race plan for Morning Line next year in Southern California is undecided.