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Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report February 21: One Liner lands good number trying two turns in Southwest

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February 21st, 2017

One Liner jumped into the Kentucky Derby conversation with a convincing victory in the February 20 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park. The up-and-coming colt received a commendable 101 BRIS Speed rating, the fourth-best number in a qualifying race this year.

After winning his first two starts at 5 ½ and 6-furlongs, One Liner made a seamless transition to two turns while making his stakes debut in the 1 1/16-mile race. The Todd Pletcher trainee rallied from just off the pace to win going away by 3 ½ lengths under regular rider John Velazquez, generating a career-best 101 BRIS Late Pace figure in the process.

Distances will get longer and the competition deeper, but One Liner certainly left a fine impression. The son of Into Mischief showed an affinity for the Hot Springs, Arkansas track but we’ll have to wait and see whether he returns for either of the next two races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, the 750,000 Rebel (G2) on March 18 and $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 15.

In previous weeks, I’ve included BRIS Speed ratings from 2016-17 prep races. But the reality is juvenile figures won’t matter much when we get to spring and it’s time to make a change.

Here are the top BRIS Speed ratings compiled in Kentucky Derby qualifying races this year (90 or above, top four finish required):

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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