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Line of David (2007 ch by Lion Heart x Emma’s Dilemma, by Capote)

Spendthrift $7,500

Standing 16 hands, Line of David is much of what I would expect from a son of his sire, Lion Heart, a much-underrated stallion by Tale of the Cat. The chestnut Line of David won the Arkansas Derby, beating both Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) and 2009 Hopeful winner Dublin (by Afleet Alex).

The victory by Super Saver at Churchill Downs a few weeks later made the Arkansas form look pretty salty, and that was probably a big part of the reason that Spendthrift Farm bought the handsome chestnut son of Lion Heart.

Although reportedly purchased as a racing prospect, fate took an unsavory turn, and Spendthrift never got to send the bright chestnut to the races.

Unraced after the Arkansas Derby due to injury, Line of David is a typy and attractive horse with good balance and quality. He has a good head and eye, some presence and visual appeal that are typical of Lion Heart and his best offspring.

Line of David has good length of back and body for a horse his size and a good balance of shoulder and hip. He walks quite well and has both good hindleg extension and fluency at the walk.

In selecting mates for Line of David, he offers a genial combination of mid-range traits that are useful for many types of mares. With the caveat that matings to the Seattle Slew line might invoke too much Capote, Line of David should have general compatibility with a wide range of mares.