Grade 1 winner and millionaire MORNING LINE, who will stand at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky on his retirement from racing, had chips removed from both knees today. Dr. Larry Bramlage performed the surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and reported that MORNING LINE is expected to make a full recovery and return to racing.
The four-year-old son of Horse of the Year and top sire Tiznow won the Grade 1 Carter Handicap this year and the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby last year. Trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, he broke his maiden by eight lengths at Monmouth and then won an allowance race at Saratoga by 11 lengths. After his victory in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, MORNING LINE took on all challengers in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and came up just a head short. He also placed second in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap. He now has four wins and earnings of $1,122,300.
MORNING LINE, bred by Dell Ridge Farm LLC, was a $700,000 yearling sold by Lane’s End as agent to Legends Racing at the Keeneland September Sale. He is out of the A.P. Indy mare Indian Snow who is out of November Snow, winner of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes and the Test Stakes.