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Old Fashioned (gray horse, 2006, by Unbridled’s Song x Collect Call, by Meadowlake)

Taylor Made; $12,500

Upon arriving at the stallion complex on Taylor Made, I was greatly anticipating what I’d find out about their new stallion Old Fashioned. The gray had such an impressive juvenile season in 2008 that I thought he was the best 2-year-old colt of the crop, even though he did not have the experience of several others and had not tested some of the better colts in the premier races.

At 2, Old Fashioned had won all three of his starts, including the G2 Remsen Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths. He was visually very impressive, and his times were good enough to earn a 100 Beyer Speed Figure for the Remsen and rave reviews from Thoro-Graph sheets maker Jerry Brown.

Those are impressive independent evaluations of the form this colt produced. The 2009 season for Old Fashioned was, however, mostly a disappointment, with only his victory in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn, followed by seconds in the Rebel and Arkansas Derby to Win Willy and Papa Clem. As later events would indicate, that wasn’t bad form, but Old Fashioned came out of his last race with an injury. That was the end of his racing career.

So when I approached the stallion barn to look at Old Fashioned, I was wondering what might have been. And my first impression of him could hardly have been more positive. A really well-balanced and attractive horse, Old Fashioned has a very good head with an intelligent eye, very good length, a strong and deep shoulder, allied with a powerful and lengthy hip.

The 4-year-old is deceptively large — standing a fraction over 16 hands — but he is no giant like his sire and grandsire. And standing back from him, he doesn’t look even even 16 hands because he is so harmoniously balanced and handsomely formed. In short, he looks like a horse who could sell for $800,000 as a yearling in the opening hour of the Keeneland September sale.

Old Fashioned has good bone, well-defined tendons, nicely shaped feet, and stands over plenty of ground. He turns out just a touch in front and is notably offset through the right knee.

The young stallion prospect carries plenty of condition, girths 76.5 inches, and has very good width and muscular development across his back. His mechanical traits are quite good and should match a very respectable number of mares.