Old Fashioned Injured, Off Derby Trail
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 4/12/2009 10:06:47 PM
Last Updated: 4/14/2009 9:03:19 AM
Old Fashioned sustained a non-displaced slab fracture of his right knee during his second-place effort in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park April 11 and will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Larry Jones said the injury was not life-threatening and was unlikely to give the horse any long-term pain, but that it could end Old Fashioned's career. He is to go to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington April 13, Daily Racing Form reported.
"It's not life-threatening, it should be OK," Jones said. "Career-ending is a possibility just because of the type of horse he is. But we'll see. We'll let them make that call."
After four straight wins to begin his career, including a brilliant victory at Oaklawn in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) to begin his 3-year-old campaign, the onetime future book favorite for the May 2 Derby ran second in both the Rebel (gr. II) and Arkansas Derby. The son of Unbridled's Song lost the Arkansas Derby by a half-length in a determined stretch duel with Papa Clem .
Racing for Fox Hill Farm, Old Fashioned earned $200,000 for his runner-up showing in the Arkansas Derby, boosting his lifetime bankroll to $583,280.
Jones, who has a second Derby contender in Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Friesan Fire , trained Hard Spun and the filly Eight Belles, the last two Kentucky Derby runners-up. Eight Belles was euthanized last year in a heartbreaking scene after breaking down while galloping out after the finish.
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