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Jun 25, 2010

Lack of patience puts three-year-old to stud

By: By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In another example of being too cautious and showing no interest in the racing fan, Arkansas Derby winner Line of David was retired from racing earlier this week.

The colt had only minor physical problems, but his new owner decided that it would be better to retire him than allow the horse to heal. Line of David was purchased by B. Wayne Hughes from Ike and Dawn Thrash and will begin his stud career at Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

Line of David, 17-1 at post-time, won this year?s Arkansas Derby in his first try on a regular dirt track. He defeated eventual Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and made his last career start in the Run for the Roses.

"We thought he was a nice horse on turf," noted trainer John Sadler following the Arkansas win, "and we wanted to try him on a natural surface."

Not sure why the colt was retired so quickly. The new owner should have let Line of David rest through the summer and get him ready for a fall campaign.

People are always saying that in order to build interest in horseracing the horses have to be kept in competition longer. Line of David being a speed horse probably would have become a very good sprinter if allowed to race as an older thoroughbred.

Minor injuries for a horse are a part of the game. I'm not saying Line of David should have competed with them, but at the same time minor injuries are not reason enough for retirement.

Allow horses to race and given necessary time to recuperate. Every fan wants the best horses to stick around longer than they are. We all would like to see great matchups in the best stakes races.

Extra congratulations go to the connections of Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra for bringing the two champs back for 2010. This type of love of racing seems to be rare in this era.

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