Old Fashioned lives up to his billing

Updated: March 16, 2009, 5:26 PM ET
By Mary Rampellini | Daily Racing Form

Old Fashioned received the most support among the 23 individual interests in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which closed Sunday, and did little to change that opinion on Monday, when he easily won his 3-year-old debut by 3 1/4 lengths in the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Silver City finished second, while it was another length back in third to Buzzin and Dreamin.

Old Fashioned ($3) broke well and was willing to settle in about a length off of Silver City, who put up fractions of 22.47 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.98 for the half-mile. Old Fashioned began to draw even with Silver City midway on the final turn, had the lead by the quarter pole, and covered the one mile on a track rated fast in 1:37.41.

Ramon Dominguez rode Old Fashioned for trainer Larry Jones, who said earlier this week he would like to keep the colt settled in at Oaklawn for the 3-year-old stakes program, which continues with the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel on March 14 and the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 11.

Old Fashioned was making his first start since a 7 1/4-length win in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct on Nov. 29. He is undefeated in four career starts, and the $150,000 he earned for his Southwest win put his earnings at $323,280. He is a son of Unbridled's Song and he races for Rick Porter.

Old Fashioned closed at 7-1 in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with the mutuel field favored at 9-5.

Attendance Monday was 31,074.

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