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May 4 2013 139th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 7 REPLAY
Mar 30 2013 UAE Derby Meydan II 1 3/16 M 1 N/A


Aidan O'Brien


O’Brien is a formidable training force in his native country of Ireland having won numerous training titles on both the jump and flat circuit. In the mid- 1990s, O’Brien was backed by the Coolmore group of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith and together they have risen to great heights in the racing world. The partnership of Coolmore and O’Brien has captured nearly every prestigious race in Europe as well as multiple Breeders’ Cup races in America. In 2011 O'Brien and Coolmore teamed up with O'Brien's son, 18 year old Joseph, aboard St Nicholas Abbey for a win in the Breeders Cup Turf. O'Brien also captured the 2011 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf with Wrote and sent out Champion Cape Blanco to victories in the G-1 Arlington Million and G-1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and Treasure Beach to victory in the G-1 Secretariat Stakes. The team has campaigned such champions as Johannesburg, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, and Rock of Gibraltar.

Ryan Moore


A native of Brighton, England, Moore is a three time British flat racing Champion jockey and Flat Jockey of the Year (2006, 2008, 2009).  He's ridden winners in the Epsom Derby (2010), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2010), 1,000 Guineas (2012), Epsom Oaks (2010), and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009). Notable mounts include: Workforce, Snow Fairy, and Conduit.

Joseph Allen, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith


Joe Allen has owned horses for over 25 years including champion Just A Game. He and cousin and fellow horse owner Peter Brant developed Brant - Allen Industries, a newsprint production company. Other top horses he has raced individually or in partnership inlcude Dynaformer, War Front and Political Force. John Magnier is the driving force behind the worldwide Coolmore empire, which is based in Ireland but has outposts as far afield as the United States and Australia. He comes from a long line of horsemen, dating back to the mid-19th century, and his wife, Sue Magnier, is the daughter of the legendary Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien, whose list of stars includes Nijinsky II, the last English Triple Crown winner in 1970. With Magnier at the helm, Coolmore has stood such colossal stallions as Sadler's Wells and Danehill. Magnier's horses race in his wife's name; last season, the Magnier silks were hoisted to victory by the likes of Duke of Marmalade (Ire), Yeats (Ire) and Henrythenavigator. They are frequently involved in partnerships with betting shop tycoon Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. The Magnier/Tabor tandem has been represented by such champions as Galileo (Ire), Giant's Causeway, High Chaparral (Ire), Dylan Thomas (Ire) and Johannesburg, while Magnier/Tabor/Smith have combined to campaign George Washington (Ire), Soldier of Fortune (Ire) and last year's stellar juveniles, Bushranger (Ire) and Mastercraftsman. Tabor and Smith raced multiple Grade 1 star Lion Heart, runner-up in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1). On his own accord, Tabor has raced an array of top-class horses in both Europe and the United States, chief among them the European hero Montjeu (Ire) and American champion Thunder Gulch, who captured the Kentucky Derby, Belmont (G1) and Travers (G1) in 1995.


War Front--Black Speck, by Arch

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Lines of Battle has a well-balanced pedigree of speed on top and stamina on the bottom.

His sire, War Front, was a classy sprinter who captured the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and placed in such major events as the Forego and Vosburgh.

A son of prepotent sire Danzig, War Front made an immediate impact with his very first crop. His initial runners included the speedy The Factor, 2011 Fountain of Youth hero Soldat, and top-class turf miler Data Link. His second crop featured the well-regarded Declaration of War, who is also trained by Aidan O'Brien. Lines of Battle headlines his third crop, along with Departing.

Lines of Battle is the fourth stakes performer produced by his dam, Black Speck. His accomplished half-siblings all raced in France -- Homebound, winner of the Prix de Sandringham; Battle Paint, runner-up in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere; and stakes victor Blue Exit, who later shipped to California and placed in the Strub at Santa Anita.

Black Speck, herself a winner in France, is an Arch mare. Arch, hero of the 1998 Super Derby, is the sire of Blame, who upset Zenyatta in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.

Arch is becoming a first-rate broodmare sire. His daughters have produced champion I'll Have Another, star of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness; Uncle Mo, the champion two-year-old colt of 2010; and current Derby hopeful Uncaptured.

Black Speck is a half-sister to the renowned stallion Dynaformer, sire of 2006 Kentucky Derby legend Barbaro.

Black Speck and Dynaformer are both out of the smart racemare Andover Way, queen of the 1982 Top Flight Handicap.

Lines of Battle comes from a deep family that also includes 2005 Suburban winner Offlee Wild, Irish highweight sprinter U S Ranger and 2001 Kentucky Derby romper Monarchos.

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