Breeders' Cup winner Line of Duty suffers fatal injury

Breeders' Cup winner Line of Duty suffers fatal injury
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Line of Duty, the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner who was pre-entered for next weekend's Mile at Santa Anita Park, suffered a catastrophic injury in training on Saturday, owner Godolphin announced.

After his victory at Churchill Downs, the son of Galileo had a disappointing start to his 3-year-old season, missing the board in the Epsom Derby (G1), but then turned around his form to finish third in a trio of Group 1 and 2 races, most recently in the Qatar Prix Dollar (G2).

“Line Of Duty was a brave horse who has traveled the world over," trainer Charlie Appleby said in a statement. "As well as his brilliant win at the Breeders’ Cup, he has performed at the highest level throughout his career and will be sorely missed at Moulton Paddocks.”

Details of the injury and its circumstances were not provided by Godolphin. The 3-year-old colt had not yet shipped to begin training at Santa Anita Park.

Assuming Bricks and Mortar is indeed bound for the Breeders' Cup Turf rather than the Mile, this defection will allow into the field both Suedois and the second horse on the preference list, Trais Fluors. Both are based overseas.

Favoritism in the Breeders' Cup Mile could belong to either Aidan O'Brien-trained Circus Maximus or Uni, a Chad Brown-trained mare supplemented off a record-setting win in Keeneland's First Lady (G1).

2019 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Bricks and Mortar
Giant's Causeway
8.77
C. Brown
1st, 2019 Arlington Million (G1) 
Possible
 Line Of Duty
Galileo
8.57
C. Appleby
3rd, 2019 Prix Dollar (G2) 
Possible
270Om
Munnings
7.40
P. Miller
2nd, 2019 Jaipur Invitational (G1)
Possible
219Bolo
Temple City
7.36
C. Gaines
10th, 2019 City of Hope Mile (G2) 
Possible
 Uni
More Than Ready
7.24
C. Brown
1st, 2019 First Lady (G1) 
Possible
 Suedois
Le Havre
6.96
D. O'Meara
3rd, 2019 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Without Parole
Frankel
6.77
C. Brown
14th, 2019 Lockinge Stakes (G1) 
Possible
  Caribou Club
City Zip
6.73
T. Proctor
1st, 2019 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3)
Possible
 Lord Glitters
Whipper
6.59
D. O'Meara
8th, 2019 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Next Shares
Archarcharch
6.56
R. Baltas
6th, 2019 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Bowies Hero
Artie Schiller
6.48
P. D'Amato
1st, 2019 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 
Probable
 Got Stormy
Get Stormy
6.37
M. Casse
2nd, 2019 Woodbine Mile (G1) 
Possible
 El Tormenta
Stormy Atlantic
6.09
G. Cox
1st, 2019 Woodbine Mile (G1) 
Possible
 True Valour
Kodiac
5.84
S. Callaghan
1st, 2019 City of Hope Mile (G2) 
Possible
 Circus Maximus
Galileo
5.45
A. O'Brien
1st, 2019 Prix Du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) 
Possible
 Just Wonderful
Dansili
5.45
A. O'Brien
7th, 2019 First Lady (G1) 
Possible
 Snapper Sinclair
City Zip
5.40
S. Asmussen
1st, 2019 Tourist Mile (LS)
Possible
 Lucullan
Hard Spun
5.34
K. McLaughlin
1st, 2019 Knickerbocker (G2) 
Possible
 Trais Fluors
Dansili
5.12
K. Condon
3rd, 2019 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (G3) 
Possible
 Hey Gaman
New Approach
4.79
J. Tate
6th, 2019 Prix de la Foret (G1) 
Possible
 Iridessa
Ruler Of The World
J. O'Brien
3rd, 2019 Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Space Traveller
Bated Breath
R. Fahey
1st, 2019 Boomerang Stakes (G2) 
Possible

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