05/31/2012 2:54PM

Calder: Conway Two Step returns to races in Regal Gal


MIAMI – Conway Two Step has not started since September, when she registered an impressive 2 1/2-length victory over Frolic’s Revenge in the Brave Raj Stakes. When Conway Two Step finally returns to make her 3-year-old debut Saturday, she will find the same Frolic’s Revenge waiting as the one to beat in Calder’s $55,000 Regal Gal Stakes.

Conway Two Step’s promising 2-year-old campaign came to a quick halt one week after the Brave Raj, when she suffered a bout of colic that became serious enough to ultimately require surgery.

“She was pretty bad,” trainer David Fawkes said. “They had to open her stomach, but fortunately not the intestines, although it takes the system a long time to recuperate from surgery like that. We sent her to Mr. [Harold] Queen’s farm in Ocala for quite a while before finally being able to put her back into training. She’s doing well. I’m happy with the way she’s coming into the race, but nine months is a long time to be away.”

Conway Two Step led throughout to post a decisive decision over Frolic’s Revenge in the Brave Raj. Frolic’s Revenge, trained by Milt Wolfson, has had seven starts since that meeting, the latest her best yet, a game nose decision over Fawkes’s Glamour N Glory in the Calder Oaks on turf April 28.

“Milt’s filly will be very tough in there Saturday, but other than that, the field doesn’t look too strong,” Fawkes said. “I know we beat her easily before, but nine months later and it’s a completely different situation.”

Frolic’s Revenge is a versatile sort who has won twice on dirt and twice on grass, including the Calder Oaks. She also captured the Lindsay Frolic going a mile over the main track at 2. A homebred daughter of Vindication owned by Wolfson’s Stride Rite Racing Stable, Frolic’s Revenge gave every indication that she has bounced out of the Calder Oaks in good fashion after working a sharp mile in 1:43.40 here last week.

Sinister Brew, third behind Conway Two Step and Frolic’s Revenge in the Brave Raj, returns to the main track for the first time at 3. Sinister Brew finished far back in her only two previous starts this season and was a well-beaten eighth after briefly contesting the pace in the Calder Oaks.

Awesome Belle has been a disappointment at 3 and is now winless in seven starts, including her 12th-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, since dominating the My Dear Girl Stakes by 7 1/2 lengths here last fall. Awesome Belle tired badly after setting the early pace last month in the six-furlong French Village and figures to set the pace when stretching back around two turns.

The Regal Gal will be the fifth leg of Calder’s new Mega 6 wager, a 10-cent pick-six bet with a low 19 percent takeout in which the jackpot is paid out if, and only if, there is a single ticket correctly selecting all six winners in the sequence.

Trinniberg heading to Woody Stephens

Trinniberg, who finished 17th after forcing the pace in the Kentucky Derby, was scheduled to leave by van for New York on Friday, where he’ll make his next start in the Woody Stephens on the Belmont Stakes undercard. Trinniberg continues to train smartly for the assignment, working a half-mile in 46.60 seconds before galloping out five furlongs in 59.40 here Wednesday.

Owner Shivananda Parbhoo was uncertain as of Thursday whether Giant Ryan, winner of the Grade 2 Smile Sprint here last fall, would accompany Trinniberg to Belmont to compete in the True North Handicap on June 9 or remain home for the $75,000 Ponche Handicap.