09/17/2011 6:08PM

Calder: Fawkes sweeps 2-year-old stakes with Burning Time and Conway Two Step

Jim Lisa
Burning Time will return in the In Reality Stakes after winning Saturday's Foolish Pleasure under Luis Saez.

MIAMI - The potent team of owner-breeder Harold Queen and trainer David Fawkes struck again on Saturday when their Burning Time earned himself a spot in the $300,000 In Reality finale of the Florida Stallion Series with a convincing 2 1/2-length victory over Personal Interest in the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

Burning Time’s victory helped Fawkes sweep both juvenile stakes on Saturday’s Festival of the Sun Preview program. He also won the $100,000 Brave Raj for 2-year-old fillies with the 14-1 Conway Two Step, who led throughout to register an easy 2 ½-length decision over the 4-5 favorite Frolic’s Revenge.   

Queen’s and Fawkes’s potent arsenal already included Eclipse champion Big Drama as well as his younger siblings, Little Drama and Queen Drama, when Burning Time stepped into the starting gate for the one-mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure. Burning Time, runner-up behind Midnight Serenade in the Seacliff three weeks earlier, sat a perfect trip off the early pace of the maiden Personal Interest in the Foolish Pleasure. Jockey Luis Saez eased Burning Time out to commence his bid leaving the backstretch, caught the leader at the sixteenth pole, and won going away.

Personal Interest, who was winless in two previous starts, proved no match for the winner but was easily second best, finishing 3 1/4 lengths in front of the previous unbeaten Bartolome.

Midnight Serenade dropped far off the early leader and was never a factor, finishing a well beaten fourth as the even-money favorite in a field of six 2-year-olds.

Burning Time paid $14.20.

Conway Two Step was a bigger surprise than the 6-1 Burning Time, taking control out of the gate and never relinquishing the lead under jockey Daniel Centeno. Frolic’s Revenge, easy winner of the one-mile Lindsay Frolic three weeks ago, tripped out perfectly behind the leader but was unable to cut into the winner’s advantage when set down through the stretch.

Conway Two Step, a daughter of Spanish Steps owned by Alex Lieblong, returned $31 after completing a mile and 70 yards in 1:45.32 seconds, just .12 slower than Burning Time.

“They’re both nice horses,” said Fawkes, who watched the races from Charles Town where he was to send out Hot Summer later Saturday evening in the Charles Town Oaks. “Burning Time got bounced around pretty good into the turn and had to use up a lot of energy but finished well to be second in his last start. This time he got a clean trip. And we’ve been waiting to run the filly longer. Her mother won the stallion stakes going two turns and I really thought the stretch out would help her.”

Conway Two Step is a daughter of Nancy’s Glitter, who swept all three legs of the Stallion Series in 1997.     

Fawkes said Burning Time and Conway Two Step will return in the 2011 Stallion Stakes finales on Oct. 15, the In Reality and My Dear Girl.