Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 10, 2009 . . . Timeless Fashion will return to his favorite track Saturday to face nine foes in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park.
A five-year-old gelding dedicated to early speed, Timeless Fashion won the Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway early this year and the Independence Day Stakes on the turf at Mountaineer in July. In seven starts on all-weather surfaces, all at Turfway, he has three wins, two seconds, and one third. He comes in to the 1 1/8-mile Prairie Bayou off a win in a $100,000 optional allowance, no tag, on the turf at Churchill Downs.
In 12 lifetime starts, Timeless Fashion has been out of the money only twice, both this fall. In the Kentucky Cup Classic (G2) at Turfway he finished fourth behind Furthest Land, who won the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) in his next start. In the Grade III Sycamore at Keeneland he was fourth again behind Cloudy's Knight, who next lost a thrilling Breeders' Cup Marathon by the barest nose and then won the Valedictory Stakes at Woodbine. James Lopez retains the mount for trainer Tom Drury Jr.
Timeless Fashion likely will have Inca King for company on the front end. Inca King, who comes in to the Prairie Bayou off two straight $40,000 claiming wins on the Churchill turf, was claimed by Ken and Sarah Ramsey out of his last race. The tag might give pause but the Ramseys and trainer Mike Maker are the team that bought Furthest Land for $35,000 and turned him into a G1 Breeders' Cup winner, and Inca King owns recent graded money, having finished second in the G2 Firecracker Handicap in July. Two starts later he won a $100,000 claiming race at Saratoga, a race bookended by two uninspired, off-the-board performances. He has raced once on an all-weather surface, finishing second, and trains on Keeneland's Polytrack. Miguel Mena will ride.
Ninth in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Sam P. makes his third start off a year layoff in the Prairie Bayou. He was seventh in his first start back and second in his next, both optional turf allowances at Churchill, the first at 1 1/16 miles and the second at the Prairie Bayou distance. He should be coming from off the pace, with Calvin Borel aboard for trainer Buff Bradley, noted for bringing multimillionaire Brass Hat back off two long layoffs, once using this race.
Pop Tartt enters the Prairie Bayou off a fourth-place finish in the G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill. He is four-for-eight overall this year and three-for-six in allowance races on the all-weather surface at Presque Isle. He comes from off the pace, sometimes from far off, which may be to his advantage given the speed in the field.
Completing the field are Valtrus, in the money in all four starts at Turfway (jockey Jon Court); Here Comes Ben (Freddie Lenclud); Constabulary (Perry Ouzts); frontrunning Omaggio, third in this race last year and making his 52nd start (Larry Sterling Jr.); Trooper D (Rafael Mojica Jr.); and Your Round, second to Timeless Fashion in the Dust Commander (Dean Mernagh).
The Prairie Bayou, for three-year-olds and up, is the 10th of 11 races Saturday. First post is 1:10pm.