Unbeaten Superstar Flightline Sidelined


Flightline | Benoit

Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' and jaw-dropping GI Runhappy Malibu S. winner Flightline (Tapit) has had a setback and will miss an intended start in the GII San Carlos S. at Santa Anita Mar. 5.

“He had a little bit of a strain in his hock,” trainer John Sadler said on TVG. “The good news is the X-rays are negative. He's not going to work tomorrow. He's not going to run in the San Carlos. But it's not a big thing. He's a little bit off pattern.”

Sadler added, “There's no timeline at this point. We think this is a minor issue and we're going address it, take care of it and then go forward.”

Flightline, campaigned in partnership by the powerhouse line-up of Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing, made it a perfect three-for-three with an 11 1/2-length victory while making his stakes debut in the Dec. 26 Malibu. The $1-million Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate had posted two breezes since, including a four-furlong move in :48 (7/67) in Arcadia Feb. 6.

The news was first reported by Daily Racing Form.


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