Saturday, December 12, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 12, 2009 . . . Timeless Fashion adjusted his running style in Saturday's $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes but not his affinity for the Turfway Park track, coming from off the pace to win by 1-1/4 lengths over pacesetter Omaggio. A five-year-old gelding, Timeless Fashion now has four wins, two seconds, and a third in eight starts on Turfway's Polytrack.
Inca King sat a length behind Omaggio’s :24.30, :48.15, and 1:12.31 pace while Timeless Fashion, typically among the frontrunners, raced a comfortable two or three lengths off the lead in fourth. Jockey James Lopez sent the winner on coming around the final turn and took the lead coming into the stretch. Omaggio stayed in well to finish second, a length ahead of Valtrus, who closed from far back to finish third. Inca King was another four lengths back in fourth.
"Looking at the race, there was so much speed in there, I felt like they would probably commit, and he was certainly kind enough to rate in the race at Keeneland," said trainer Tom Drury Jr., noting Timeless Fashion's effort in the G3 Sycamore, where he was fourth, beaten less than a length, behind Cloudy's Knight. "But you have to give all the credit in the world to [Lopez]. He was able to get him to back off of them and make his run."
"I was a little worried about Inca King," said Lopez. "He's one that might get away from you, so I always had to keep that in mind. But as soon as I hooked him, he just went right on by him."
Timeless Fashion finished the 1-1/8-mile Prairie Bayou in 1:51.54 as the 2-1 favorite and returned $6.80, $4.40, and $3.40.
Finishing fifth through 10th were Here Comes Ben, Constabulary, Sam P., Trooper D., Pop Tartt, and Your Round.
Drury said Timeless Fashion likely would get a break over the winter. "He's done everything right, and his owners [R-Cher Family Farms and Judy Miller] are very, very concerned about giving him every opportunity, taking care of him, doing right by him. He'll get a little break and we'll bring him back in the spring. We may entertain the Kentucky Cup again next year. Hopefully we won't hook the Breeders' Cup winner again."
Timeless Fashion was fourth in this year’s Kentucky Cup Classic (G2) behind Furthest Land, who won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) in his next start.
Timeless Fashion's fourth-place finishes in the Kentucky Cup Classic and the Sycamore are his only out-of-the-money finishes. Racing on turf or all-weather surfaces, he has compiled a 7-2-2 record in 13 career starts for earnings of $240,366. He has two other stakes wins, the Dust Commander at Turfway and the Independence Day Stakes at Mountaineer, and was second in the Prairie Bayou last year.
Racing continues at Turfway on Sunday, with first post at 1:10pm.