12/05/2008 12:00AM

Old Fashioned gives Jones a double threat


NEW ORLEANS - Expected to be one of the strongest stables at the Fair Grounds this year, the Larry Jones barn has neared full strength with the Tuesday arrival of Old Fashioned. An impressive winner of last Saturday's Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct, Old Fashioned's trip south went smoothly, according to Jones.

"Everything's good," said Jones of Old Fashioned, who is undefeated in three starts. "He just got in and he hasn't been over the track yet."

Old Fashioned, one of the most promising 2-year-olds in the nation, joins Jones' other stakes-caliber 2-year-old, Friesan Fire, who has been training steadily over the Fair Grounds track. He last worked on Nov. 29, going five furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:01.20. In his last two starts, Friesan Fire has finished fourth in the Grade 3 Nashua at Aqueduct and third in the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont.

Though his works appear to have him ready for a race, Jones hasn't chosen a prep for Freisan Fire's goal, the Grade 3 Lecomte on Jan. 10, and may choose not to race him until that race.

"Right now his main objective is the Lecomte," said Jones. "We wouldn't hesitate to train him right up to that race."

With two rising stars in his barn, Jones is in a similar position to last season when he had both Proud Spell and Eight Belles. Jones worked to find races for each, and kept them from competing against each other.

Jones is also expecting the return of Kodiak Kowboy, who is on vacation, but who will race again in 2009.

Kodiak Kowboy raced eight times in 2008. He finished fifth in his last race, the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, but scored victories this year in the Grade 2 Amsterdam and Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap.

"He'll have 45 days, and then he'll be at the Fair Grounds," said Jones. "We'll see how he comes back, and figure out where he'll go."

Livin Lovin has ankle chip

Livin Lovin was scratched from Friday's Grade 2 Delta Princess at Delta Downs after injuring herself. The 2-year-old filly has a small chip in her left ankle, and will have surgery to remove it, according to trainer Steve Klesaris.

Klesaris, obviously disappointed, indicated that she will be off two months after the surgery and that he expects her back in his barn in the spring.

A daughter of Birdstone, Livin Lovin goes to the shelf as one the most promising fillies in her division. She scored an impressive victory in the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct, and finished second in the Grade 3 Mazarine at Woodbine

She has been stabled and working at Fair Grounds since the Tempted.

Perrodin wins 3,000th career race

Jockey E. J. Perrodin, age 51, won his 3,000th career race at Fair Grounds Friday, piloting He's Royal Dee past Deep Canyon to win the ninth race by a head.

Perrodin took He's Royal Dee from last to first.

"I just found him ready, and then I found room," said Perrodin. "I didn't think about the 3,000 until I was pulling up."

The milestone was all the more meaningful to Perrodin as he has battled back from a serious injury that nearly cost him career. His pelvis was shattered when No No Bad Kitty fell on him prior to a race on the second day of the 2007 Fair Grounds meet. Perrodin spent the better part of the year recovering from his injuries, only returning to ride in August at Louisiana Downs.

"I was on the sidelines, and I didn't like being on the sidelines," said Perrodin. "I wanted to get back, and it meant a lot to me to win the 3,000th at the Fair Grounds, where I got injured."

Star Guitar likely for Sprint

Trainer Al Stall has nominated Star Guitar to both the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint and the Champions Day Classic next Saturday.

With all three of Star Guitar's victories having come at six furlongs, his connections are leaning toward the Sprint, leaving the Classic for stablemate Grand Minit.

Star Guitar lost nine months of the year healing a cannon bone, and as result is only 17th on the earnings list for the Sprint. With the top 12 money earners guaranteed spots, Star Guitar is not assured entry, but Fair Grounds stakes coordinator Scott Jones thought it was likely that there would be a spot for him, with other horses opting out of the race or into other Champions Day races.