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Firing Line Out For Rest Of 2015
Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line (Line of David-Sister Girl Blues, by Hold for Gold) looks set to miss the remainder of his 3YO season, reports Blood Horse. The Simon Callaghan-trained Firing Line gave American Pharoah his greatest challenge of the Triple Crown series when finishing just a length off the champion colt when second in the Kentucky Derby in May. After ruling Firing Line out of the Gr2 Los Alamitos Derby on 14 June due to a foot problem sustained in the Preakness Stakes, connections have decided to give the Gr3 Sunland Derby winner an extended break that may last until his 4YO season. "It's nothing specific," Callaghan said. "We just thought it was the right time to give him a break. It's nothing that needs surgery, and his foot is cleared up, but we just feel the time is right to give him a break. He's done a lot in a short period of time." Owner Arnold Zetcher said there is a chance Firing Line could return later in the year, but that it was most likely he would wait until 2016 with the US$10 million Dubai World Cup a possible target.