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An Old Fashioned Melody?

The Arkansas Derby is being framed as an opportunity for redemption for Old Fashioned; he’ll be lining up next to Win Willy, the surprise winner of the Rebel and one imagines they’ll be watching for him this time. Perhaps the most interesting pre-race storyline from Team Larry Jones is the jockey switch from Ramon Dominguez to Terry Thompson. It brings to mind the experiment with Afleet Alex’s unsuccessful switch to John Velazquez in his own failed Rebel attempt (although there was a legitimate medical excuse there) and the return to the then-less-known Jeremy Rose. While Dominguez has a longer history with Old Fashioned compared to the brief Velazquez/Afleet Alex flirtation, Terry Thompson was aboard for his first two victories and has been working the colt most mornings. His national profile may not equal that of Ramon Dominguez, but he’s the leading rider at Oaklawn. Jones isn’t saying who might ride Old Fashioned in Kentucky.

I am curious to see how Papa Clem handles Old Fashioned; he’s already finished a distant second to the other Larry Jones trainee, Friesan Fire, but I think he’s a better horse than his one-win record might suggest – I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on him. After all, he’s finished in front of I Want Revenge

Danger to Society may indeed be a danger here, although I’m not convinced the rest of the field is particularly strong – Poltergeist is back for another shot here too, but he finished a very well-beaten third in the Rebel. The real question is whether Win Willy will continue with his winning ways – should Old Fashioned lose again on Saturday, he’ll need a solid excuse (unless, of course, it’s all a part of a conspiracy to get great odds on both Jones horses – Old Fashioned loses a few, Friesan Fire trains for seven weeks – instant odds improvement!).

1 comment to An Old Fashioned Melody?

  • Amateurcapper


    Thompson and OLD FASHIONED can look for WIN WILLY passing him at about the 1/8 pole but PAPA CLEM figures to clear at the head of the lane and roll on to the win. I’m going to try and beat OLD FASHIONED from the trifecta as the extra 1/16 won’t do him any favors. I believe he barely wants the mile against legitimate speed and PAPA CLEM’s as legit as route speed gets.

    Good luck.

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