For the third year in a row a Bradley Thoroughbreds Pinhook Graduate will line up in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. In 2013 NORMANDY INVASION finished a strong fourth for trainer Chad Brown. In 2014 COMMANDING CURVE came charging from next to last to finish a strong second for trainer Dallas Stewart. This year FIRING LINE will represent the Bradley Thoroughbreds Pinhook Venture out of the #10 hole under hall of fame rider Gary Stevens.
FIRING LINE was purchased by the Bradley Thoroughbreds Pinhook Venture at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale for $150,000 and resold for $240,000 at the Keeneland April Two-Year-Old in Training Sale in 2014.
Firing Line broke his maiden second time out at Del Mar by 4 1/4 lengths very impressively. He came back to run second by a head twice to DORTMUND in both the (G1) Los Alamitos Futurity and the (G3) Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. He comes in to this race off of a 14 length victory in the (G3) Sunland Derby at Sunland Park.
FIRING LINE will break from the #10 post position for the (G1) Kentucky Derby with hall of fame rider Gary Stevens aboard. Good luck to trainer Simon Callaghan and owner Arnold Zetcher!