12/11/2009 12:00AM

Timeless Fashion at his best this year

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Usually when horses are about to turn 6 years old, their best races are behind him. The rigors of racing have slowed many, and injuries have sent others to the sidelines.

Timeless Fashion is an exception. Conservatively managed since beginning his career in December of 2007, Timeless Fashion, a 5-year-old Sky Classic gelding, has experienced his best year in 2009, winning 3 races from 6 starts, including two stakes.

Saturday he shoots for his fourth win of the year, shortly before he turns 6 years of age at the beginning of 2010, when he heads a field of 10 in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes over the Polytrack at Turfway Park, a surface over which 3 of his 6 career victories have come.

He has little margin for error against a deep field that includes Inca King and Sam P. - two runners with graded stakes wins or placings.

Timeless Fashion, owned by Judy Miller and R-Cher Family Farms, comes in off a narrow victory at Churchill Downs on grass in a money allowance Nov. 21.

Backed to 2-5 on the strength of his sharp form and early speed, he essentially hooked up in a match race with Baltimore Bob in a four-horse field, and the pair battled from the backstretch to the finish, with Timeless Fashion bravely keeping his nose in front.

With other speed to his inside in the Prairie Bayou, most notably Omaggio and Inca King, Timeless Fashion will likely play the role of a stalker or pace-presser Saturday, a scenario that suits his trainer, Tom Drury.

"I feel positive he drew outside of those," he said. "He can leave there and see what they are going to do. In a best case, they go on and he'll be right in behind them."

James Lopez returns in the irons.

Inca King, the richest entrant with over $641,000 in earnings, may provide the toughest test for Timeless Fashion - if he can transfer his sharp current form from turf to Polytrack.

A five-time stakes winner on turf, he was claimed Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs by owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker from a $40,000 claiming race, a grass race he won by five lengths.

He has started just once on a synthetic track, finishing second over Woodbine's Polytrack surface as a juvenile in the fall of 2006.