01/30/2009 12:00AM

Jones weighs Old Fashioned spot


Larry Jones is contemplating changing his plans for leading 3-year-old Old Fashioned after the Oaklawn Park stewards scratched a horse of his from a Thursday maiden race.

Ms Good Cat was scratched from the ninth race Thursday after a backstretch monitor saw the horse having chiropractic work done on race day, said Gary Wilfert, the state steward at Oaklawn. Arkansas allows only Lasix and magnetic-therapy blankets to be used on race day in a treatment policy that has long been in place in Arkansas, said Wilfert.

In addition, the chiropractor, William Schmidt, was not properly licensed nor was he operating under veterinary supervision, which is required with any such treatments, according to the stewards.

Jones had planned to ship Old Fashioned, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen, to Oaklawn Park on Monday to prepare for the Feb. 16 Southwest Stakes but is now considering other options.

"We're still debating it," said Jones. "It's a dispute between us and Oaklawn, and hopefully they are going to come up with something."

Jones criticized the rule limiting race-day chiropractic work, and the stance taken by Oaklawn. Jones believes he was being singled out unfairly for a rule he did not know existed.

"If it's a rule, they never told anybody about it," said Jones. "We have always treated our horses. It's documented that Hard Spun had a massage therapist that traveled with him.

"Treating athletes on the day of their performance is standard practice in any professional sport, be it pitchers in baseball, or basketball players. We've done chiropractic work on race day wherever we have gone. It's a part of us trying to use less medication."

Jones faces no further sanctions in the matter.