01/14/2006 12:00AM

One Way Flight makes return in Winkfield


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The connections of were hopeful they would know a little bit more by now about their talented colt. An injury last summer derailed his 2-year-old campaign and prevented trainer Steve Asmussen from attempting to stretch him out.

What is known about One Way Flight is that he's very fast and he's undefeated. He will try to use his speed to remain unbeaten when he returns to the races in Monday's $65,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. The Winkfield, named for the last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, is the featured event on a nine-race card on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After running Monday, Aqueduct will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday.

One Way Flight, a New York-bred son of Precise End, won his debut by four lengths in July at Belmont and the Aspirant Stakes by 13 1/4 lengths at Finger Lakes in August. One Way Flight was entered in the $248,000 New York Breeders Futurity at Finger Lakes on Sept. 5, but had to be scratched because of a leg injury.

"His pastern blew up," said Toby Sheets, an assistant to Asmussen.

Had One Way Flight not been injured, Sheets said he probably would have been stretched out in distance. As it is, One Way Flight appears to have found a solid six-furlong spot in which to return. He looms the main speed in the Winkfield, though Sheets said One Way Flight is not a need-the-lead type.

"He's never been sent, he just naturally gets there," Sheets said. "He acts like he's never done anything. He does everything like he's 5 or 6, doesn't get worked up. He's pretty laid-back."

Trainer John Servis ships in Gameboye from Philadelphia Park. After losing his first four races, Gameboye, a son of Maria's Mon, underwent a throat operation and has won two straight. Servis said that he intends to stretch Gameboye out in distance after this race.

Johnny Utah, a son of Salt Lake Dancer, comes off a visually impressive maiden win at first asking on Dec. 17. He took advantage of a swift pace to rally from 11 lengths back to win by one length.

Strummer, a New York-bred son of Phone Trick, is 2 for 2 since adding blinkers for trainer Tom Bush. The Village Vicar owns a win over the inner track at six furlongs, albeit against claiming competition.