FIRING LINE was one of the “talking horses” leading up to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. He was training well and peaking at just the right time. Off at 9-1 odds from the #10 hole it looked as if he would have every chance at the elusive Kentucky Derby winners circle.
He broke sharply and went to the front sitting three wide off of DORTMUND. He sat second almost the entire 1 1/4 distance, but was able to poke a head in front at the top of the stretch and battled hard down the lane. AMERICAN PHAROAH passed FIRING LINE with a 1/16th remaining and he was beaten a length in the end. It was an impressive effort from the Bradley Thoroughbreds Pinhook Graduate!
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.
He is doing well post race: “He’s doing really well. Even the first day after the race, he was in his stall always looking for something to eat. He never lost his appetite,” said Carlos Santamaria, assistant to Callaghan, who returned to his stable at Santa Anita. “For most horses to run that kind of race, it takes them a couple days to recover. With him, it was just another horse race.”