02/17/2009 12:00AM

Old Fashioned lives up to his billing


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - 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 won his 3-year-old debut by a commanding 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.

"Down the backside I knew we were going fast, but it didn't feel like he was rushing to keep up with the leader," said Ramon Dominguez, who rode Old Fashioned for trainer Larry Jones. "When I caught up to the leader at the top of the stretch he dug in and finished strong.

"I hope that stretch run did him some good. I didn't hear him blowing after the race like I might have expected after those fractions and a hard first effort of the year."

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 first-place check Monday pushed his earnings to $323,280.

Jones said plans are to leave Old Fashioned at Oaklawn for the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel on March 14. The horse had done most of his training up to the Southwest at Fair Grounds. The Rebel is the final local prep for the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 11.

Old Fashioned is a son of Unbridled's Song and he races for Rick Porter. He closed at 7-1 in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with the mutuel field favored at 9-5.

Attendance Monday was 31,074.

The remaining order of finish in the Southwest was Flat Out in fourth, followed by Loch Dubh, Gresham, Poltergeist, Professor Z, Retap, Silver Bayer and Kick On.