Front-running Line of David won the $1 million Arkansas Derby by a neck over Super Saver on Saturday in Hot Springs, Ark., propelling the 17-1 long shot into Kentucky Derby consideration after his first race on dirt.
Suddenly, trainer John Sadler has two prospects for the first Saturday in May, along with Sidney’s Candy, who went gate-to-wire in winning last weekend’s Santa Anita Derby.
Line of David ran 11/8 miles in 1:49.37 to win the richest Kentucky Derby prep in the country. He’s a son of 2004 Kentucky Derby runner-up Lion Heart.
Veteran jockey Jon Court guided Line of David to the lead out of the No. 8 post. They gained an inside position and opened a 31/2-length lead at one point before Super Saver closed strongly to force a photo finish.
Stately Victor, a 40-to-1 long shot, stunned the field at the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes in Lexington, Ky., surging to the front in the stretch then pulling away to beat Paddy O’Prado by 41/4 lengths and secure an unlikely spot in next month’s Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old bay colt recovered from a slow start to win the 11/8-mile race at Keeneland and collect the $450,000 winner’s check.