Saturday, February 14, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 14, 2009 . . . Timeless Fashion earned his first stakes win Saturday, leading nearly every step to take the $50,000 Dust Commander by two lengths at Turfway Park. Hector Rosario Jr. was aboard for the winning ride and earned high praise from trainer Tom Drury Jr.
"Hector fits him like a glove," said Drury. "He's able to get him off the bridle the first part of it. We've struggled with that in the past. He's had a little tendency to jump away and turn it into a horse race a little quicker than we want him to, and Hector's able to slide his hands back and get along with him. He put him in the spot, gave him a little breather—this is one of those where you've got to give the jock all the credit in the world."
"If you throw his head away, he’ll relax," said Rosario. "If you try to take him back, he wants to fight you. He was inside, then he went wide . . . he's still learning."
Timeless Fashion's response to Rosario allowed the duo to dictate slow fractions and end with horse to spare. The lightly-raced five-year-old gelding was out of the gate quickly to take the lead from Matty's Trail and then settled well. He led the way around the first turn with Your Round just to his inside, Matty's Trail just to his outside, and Officer Rocket just behind. The foursome continued more or less in that order down the backstretch, with Matty’s Trail pushing a nose in front entering the final turn, but Timeless Fashion took the lead right back and pulled away in the stretch. Your Round got the best of Matty's Trail late in the stretch to take second by a length.
On a day when speed was holding, Timeless Fashion set easy opening fractions of :25.10 for the quarter and :49.33 for the half before finishing the one-mile Dust Commander in 1:38.13.
Timeless Fashion paid $7.80 as the 2.90-1 second choice; Officer Rocket, also 5-2, was slightly favored at 2.60-1.
The veteran millionaire Brass Hat, making his first start since June, trailed the field early as he typically does but never engaged and finished eighth of ten.
"He looks like he came back good, but it looked like he wasn't trying as hard, and he had been in his workouts, so I don't know," said Brass Hat's trainer, Buff Bradley. "Usually he's pretty much on the bit, especially in the morning. It's not his best distance, but I don't know that that was it. I still thought he could compete here. I would have said it's not his best distance if he'd been second or third. We'll see how he comes back and see what happens."
Finishing fourth through 10th were Hapaheart, Officer Rocket, Canela, Barastraight, Brass Hat, Wait On Tate, and Cabazon.
Timeless Fashion improved his record to four wins, two seconds, and one third in seven lifetime starts. He has earned $112,681 for owners R-Cher Family Farms LLC and Judy Miller.
Live racing continues at Turfway not only Sunday but Monday as well, with first post at 1:10 pm both days.