Trainer Aidan O’Brien secured a spot in the Kentucky Derby for the second year in a row with his win with Lines of Battle in the $2 million UAE Derby (G2), sponsored by Al Naboodah. The trainer has plans to send the son of War Front to Kentucky, following in the footsteps of the O’Brien-trained 2012 UAe Derby winner Daddy Long Legs.
“We wanted the race to be a true test, but it wasn’t because of the slow pace, which made it a good win under the circumstances,” said O’Brien. We are very pleased with him and will now go to the Kentucky Derby.”
The UAE Derby is part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, and under that race’s new point structure the race is worth 170 points. 100 points will go to the winner Lines of Battle, 40 to second place Elleval; 20 points to third place finisher Secret Number; and 10 to fourth place Snowboarder.
Ridden to victory by Ryan Moore, the big bay colt had an unusual trip. After breaking well Lines of Battle threw his head going into the first turn, then settled into second. The colt shared the lead with Law Enforcement down the backstretch, faded back to third in the turn, then took over at the 400-metre mark. In the stretch Lines of Battle drifted wide but held off Elleval and a late run from Secret Number.