Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Old Fashioned Retired

Rick Porter’s Old Fashioned, who underwent surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington after emerging from the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) with a non-displaced slab fracture of his right knee, has been retired from racing. Porter campaigned the 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song in the name Fox Hill Farms.

“The surgery went very well this morning,” according to Porter’s rockportharbor.com. “Dr. Bramlage told me that it would be almost impossible for him to return to anywhere near his level as a racehorse. After my discussion with Dr. Bramlage, I decided to retire him. I am not sure if I will stand him myself in either Kentucky or possibly Florida next year. There is always the possibility of selling him as a stallion prospect.”

Porter expects Old Fashioned to have a brief stay at Rood & Riddle and then be sent to Tom Simon’s Vinery near Lexington.

Old Fashioned, who at one time headed Steve Haskin’s Derby Dozen, set the pace in the Arkansas Derby before being caught by Papa Clem and finishing a half-length behind that colt. Old Fashioned, out of the Meadowlake mare Collect Call, retired with four wins and two placings from six starts and earnings of $583,280. He was trained by J. Larry Jones,

At 2, Old Fashioned won all three races, including the Remsen Stakes (gr. II). In his two starts this year prior to the Arkansas Derby, he ran second in the Rebel (gr. II) and Southwest (gr. III) Stakes.

Old Fashioned was bred in Kentucky by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez.

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