WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing's undefeated One Liner is out indefinitely and will miss his planned start in the April 15 Arkansas Derby (G1) and is off the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail, WinStar's Elliott Walden said April 10.
The Into Mischief colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 at Palm Meadows Training Center April 8, and while Walden said that nothing appears to be wrong, the connections want to make sure the colt is OK before continuing his training further.
"He just didn't breeze great," Walden said. "He didn't breeze like a horse that was ready to win the Arkansas Derby. We don't want to take him over there if he's not the One Liner we know. So we're going to try to figure it out.
"We're just going to bring him back (to WinStar) and run some tests on him and try to figure out why he didn't work great. Nothing seems apparent. He's a really nice horse, he's undefeated, and we're not going to take any chances. (Trainer) Todd (Pletcher) couldn't quite put his hand on it, so we're going to get him back and look him over and see where it takes us."
However, Walden said there's no timeline for how long One Liner will be out.
"(He) should be (back at WinStar) this week," he said. "He might not be out of training two weeks, he might be out 60 days, we don't know. We're going to look him over and see what we can come up with, but there's nothing apparent according to Todd."
Bred by Kingswood Farms, One Liner was purchased at the 2015 Keeneland January sale for $150,000 by J. S. B. Stable. He ran once as a 2-year-old, winning a maiden race at Saratoga Race Course by 1 1/2 lengths. In 2017, he's won both of his starts by open lengths, including the grade 3 Southwest Stakes. From three wins he has earnings of $373,800.