Old Fashioned injured in Ark. Derby
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Old Fashioned is out of the Kentucky Derby after emerging from his second-place finish in the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday with a non-displaced slab fracture to his right knee, said his trainer, Larry Jones. The horse is scheduled to ship Monday to Lexington, Ky., where he could have surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
"It's not life-threatening, it should be okay," 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."
Old Fashioned set a quick pace in the Arkansas Derby and fought on through the lane to finish a half-length behind winner Papa Clem.
"He was coming back on the end," Jones said. "I'm awful proud of him."
Earlier this year, Old Fashioned was the future book favorite for the Kentucky Derby following a 2-year-old season in which he won the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct then took the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn in his first start of the year in February.
Old Fashioned was the even-money favorite in the Arkansas Derby following a runner-up finish to 56-1 shot Win Willy in the Grade 2 Rebel. Old Fashioned races for Rick Porter.