One Liner impressed on multiple fronts winning the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park on February 20, drawing away masterfully to a 3 ½-length decision and registering a 101 BRIS Speed rating.

That’s one of the better numbers this year and One Liner was making his first appearance in a Kentucky Derby qualifier.

The Southwest completed the Prep Season portion of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, with One Liner picking up a 10-point prize, and we now enter the Championship Season for determining a berth in a 20-horse field at Churchill Downs. Point values increase to 50-20-10-5 for Risen Star (G3) at Fair Grounds on February 25.

One Liner is unbeaten in three career starts. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, the bay colt captured his career debut at Saratoga on July 23 but earned only a 75 BRIS Speed rating for the 1 ½-length tally at 5 ½-furlongs. One Liner came back from a six-month layoff to win an 6-furlong entry-level allowance test at Gulfstream on January 26, posting a much-improved 97 Speed figure while scoring by 2 ½ lengths.

Pletcher is planning one more prep for the up-and-coming prospect.

As we turn our attention to the 16-race Championship Season, let’s review the top BRIS Speed ratings earned in Kentucky Derby qualifiers this year (fourth-place finish or better): 

Horse

 

Race (finish position)

 

BRIS Speed

Gormley

 

Sham (1st)

 

102

Irish War Cry

 

Holy Bull (1st)

 

102

American Anthem

 

Sham (2nd)

 

102

One Liner

 

Southwest (1st)

 

101

El Areeb

 

Jerome (1st)

 

100

El Areeb

 

Withers (1st)

 

99

McCraken

 

Sam Davis (1st)

 

99

Uncontested

 

Smarty Jones (1st)

 

97

Gunnevera

 

Holy Bull (2nd)

 

97

Petrov

 

Southwest (2nd)

 

97

Tapwrit

 

Sam Davis (2nd)

 

97

State of Honor

 

Sam Davis (3rd)

 

96

Royal Mo

 

Robert Lewis (1st)

 

95

Wild Shot

 

Sam Davis (4th)

 

95

True Timber

 

Withers (2nd)

 

94

Guest Suite

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

93

J Boys Echo

 

Withers (3rd)

 

93

Classic Empire

 

Holy Bull (3rd)

 

92

Irap

 

Robert Lewis (2nd)

 

91

Petrov

 

Smarty Jones (2nd)

 

91

Untrapped

 

Lecomte (2nd)

 

91

Zakaroff

 

El Camino Real Derby (1st)

 

90

Sheer Flattery

 

Robert Lewis (3rd)

 

90





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