07/04/2010 12:00AM

Timeless Fashion makes repeat look easy


Timeless Fashion had an easier time than expected defending his title in the Independence Day, one of three $75,000 stakes on Saturday night s card at Mountaineer Racetrack.

After finishing ahead of just one horse in each of his last two starts while beaten a combined 22 lengths, the 6-year-old Timeless Fashion made it look easy by cruising to a four-length score over six older horses in the one-mile turf race. His task was made a bit easier by four scratches, including Baryshnikov, who figured to be one of the contenders on the basis of a near-miss last time out in an allowance at Churchill Downs.

Based in Kentucky with trainer Thomas Drury, Timeless Fashion is now 4 for 7 on turf as part of a career in which the gelding has won 9 of 17 lifetime. In addition to his consecutive wins in the Independence Day, Timeless Fashion has won two stakes over the Polytrack at Turfway Park over the past two seasons.

Ridden by his usual jockey, James Lopez, Timeless Fashion ($7.20) led wire to wire while completing the mile over a course rated firm in 1:36.23.

In a four-horse photo for second, 9-5 favorite Cryptolight got up by a neck over Enon, who was a head in front of Crimson Comic. Fifth-place For All Who Conga missed fourth by a head.

Romacaca dominates Firecracker

Romacaca made the road trip from Chicago to West Virginia worthwhile by cruising to an easy victory in the $75,000 Firecracker Stakes.

Based at Arlington Park, Romacaca could have stayed home to run for a smaller purse in an allowance race on Friday. But trainer Nick Canani chose to ship his 4-year-old multiple stakes winner for the one-mile Firecracker on turf.

Chicago-based jockey Michael Baze, riding Romacaca for the first time, saved ground in third early as Zister opened up by as many as four lengths through a half-mile in 46.32 seconds. Romacaca ($3.20) moved to the lead at the quarter pole when Baze asked for her best and she drew off by five lengths while completing the distance over a course rated firm in 1:35.85.

It was her second straight win this year and first stakes victory since she won back-to-back minor added-money events at Arlington last summer.

Si Si Mon Amie, third in this race last year, got second this time as the 9-2 second choice. Musical Brew finished third at 15-1.

Bernie Blue repeats in Dale Baird

The remarkable 8-year-old gelding Bernie Blue earned the 12th stakes victory of his long career when he outfought Piratesonthelake and Ravalo in the stretch to win the $75,000 Dale Baird Memorial Stakes for the second straight year.

Although he is based at Thistledown with trainer Miguel Feliciano, Bernie Blue has registered 14 of his 23 career victories at Mountaineer. Ten of his 12 stakes wins have come at the West Virginia track.

Ridden by Ricardo Feliciano, Bernie Blue ($11.20) got up by a length while battling in between pacesetter Piratesonthelake and the late-charging Ravalo, the 3-2 favorite. Piratesonthelake, who led until inside the eighth pole, held on for second by a half-length over Ravalo, a Grade 3 winner last year. It was the first time in seven starts at Mountaineer that Ravalo did not finish at least second.

The 4-year-old Nay s Tap, the second choice in a field of six at 2-1, broke down after taking a bad step at the quarter pole.

In completing the 5.5 furlongs in 1:03.63, Bernie Blue earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, his best since he won the 2007 Slipton Fell with a 100.