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Breeders Cup 2015

Conway Two Step Takes Brave Raj

Trainer David Fawkes sent out three runners at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday and they all won.  The third victory came in the $90,900 Brave Raj Stakes, won by Alex Lieblong’s Florida-bred 2-year-old filly Conway Two Step, ridden by Daniel Centeno.


Fawkes’ good day started with Get Away Farm’s 2-year-old filly Live Every Day, winner of the fifth race, a maiden special weight event.  Three races later, the Fawkes team sent out Harold Queen’s 2-year-old colt Burning Time to win the Foolish Pleasure Stakes.  The Brave Raj Stakes was two races later, where Conway Two Step defeated Frolic’s Revenge, the post time favorite, by 2 ½ lengths.  It was another three lengths back to Sinister Brew in third.


Conway Two Step, who broke her maiden last out going six furlongs, ran the 1 mile and 70 yards of the Brave Raj in 1:45.32.  At the mutuel windows, she returned $31.00, $10.80, and $5.40.  Frolic’s Revenge paid $2.80 and $2.40; Sinister Brew returned $3.00 to show.


Conway Two Step is one of only two offspring of the sire, Spanish Steps, eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes series, the final leg the $300,000-est. My Dear Girl Division on Oct. 15. She is out of Nancy’s Glitter, who, in 1997, became the first of only three fillies to sweep the Florida Stallion Stakes.


The Fawkes team has one more horse to race today: Harold Queen’s 3-year-old filly Hot Summer goes in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks in West Virginia with a post time of 10:30 p.m.


Winning trainer’s quotes:

Celia Fawkes (wife and assistant to trainer David Fawkes) – “We really loved this filly at the 2-year-old sales. She didn’t actually sell (at auction), but fortunately we were able to get the owner (Alex Lieblong) to buy her privately afterward. In her first couple of races we were dealing with some respiratory issues—she really was never sick—but finally it all came together for her when she won last time and we were pretty sure she’d like the additional distance.”


Winning jockey’s quotes:

Daniel Centeno – “She has some speed coming out of sprint races and now going two turns for the first time, so she made the lead easily.  I was expecting the favorite (Frolic’s Revenge) to come running at us, and she did, but when I peeked back and saw her at the quarter pole, I still had a lot of horse left.”





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