12/12/2009 12:00AM

Timeless Fashion pulls away in Prairie Bayou


Saturday's $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park didn't come down to speed or trip. It was all about class and effectiveness over Polytrack, the synthetic surface at Turfway Park.

Timeless Fashion, the only stakes winner in the field over Polytrack, proved successful in stakes company once again, settling in fourth off the early pace set by 16-1 longshot Omaggio before taking command and inching away to a 1 1/4-length victory over that pacesetting rival.

Well drawn outside the other speed horses in the field, Timeless Fashion received a smart ride from jockey James Lopez, who kept him out of a duel and in the three path - seemingly the best part of the racetrack. There, he and Timeless Fashion were comfortable to remain until the far turn, where Lopez called Timeless Fashion to action.

Under urging from Lopez, Timeless Fashion began to advance on Omaggio and Inca King, who had raced in second during the early stages of the race. And then, after surging to the lead, the winner gradually pulled away from a game Omaggio, a Canadian invader with five wins on Polytrack.

New York invader Valtrus, primarily a turf runner but one that won a pair of races on Polytrack at Turfway and Keeneland in spring 2008, rallied belatedly to be third, a length behind the runner-up.

Timeless Fashion, a 5-year-old gelded son of Sky Classic trained by Tom Drury and owned by Judy Miller and R-Cher Family Farms, raced 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.54. He paid $6.80

The win improved his career record to 7 for 13 and his Turfway Park Polytrack mark to 4 for 8. His earnings now stand at $240,366.