Bred: Reata Thoroughbred Racing (Fla.)
Sire: Lion Heart
Dam: Obligation North, by Valley Crossing
Northern Lion ended his 2-year-old season by breaking his maiden by 5 1/2 lengths. The victory put him on the Derby trail when he made his graded stakes debut in the Sam F Davis Stakes.
Northern Lion was sold for $625,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in 2012.