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An 'old fashioned' Derby choice

Dec 2, 2008 7:26 PM

by GT Staff | After a dominating win in Saturday’s Remsen Stakes, Old Fashioned is the 12-1 favorite in future wagering for next year’s Kentucky Derby at Lucky’s Race & Sports Books throughout Nevada.

Old Fashioned, owned by Fox Hill Farms and trained by Larry Jones, opened at odds of 150-1. Lucky’s took several bets at that price and the horse was bet down to 40-1 before the Remsen. He dropped to 12-1 following his 7¼-length win in the race, which serves as a major stepping stone for 2-year-old Derby hopefuls.

Lucky’s has posted odds on 116 horses for the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

"Old Fashioned’s win in the Remsen was one of the most impressive performances by a 2-year-old this year," said Joe Asher, president & CEO of Lucky’s. "He deserves to be our future book favorite on the strength of his race record, connections and pedigree."

Old Fashioned, who trains at Fair Hill Trainer Center in Elkton, Md., began his career in October at Delaware Park, breaking his maiden by a nose and winning an allowance race by 15½ lengths. The Remsen was his first try in stakes company. He was set off the 3-5 favorite with Ramon Dominguez aboard, winning in wire-to-wire fashion.

Old Fashioned, a grey son of Unbridled’s Song, is from same the owner/trainer combination that finished second in the last two Kentucky Derbys. In 2007, Hard Spun set the pace and finished second to Street Sense. Earlier this year, the ill-fated Eight Belles was second to favorite Big Brown.

Midshipman and Vineyard Haven, both at 20-1, are the co-second choices in Lucky’s future wagering.

Lucky’s operates race and sports books at the Plaza in Las Vegas and at Terrible’s Casinos in Las Vegas, Primm and Pahrump. Lucky’s also manages the race and sports book at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, at Casino Fandango in Carson City and both the Red Lion and High Desert Inn in Elko.