04/08/2015 11:35AM

Conquest Two Step euthanized following surgery complications

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Conquest Two Step, shown after winning the Palos Verdes Stakes on Jan. 31 at Santa Anita, was euthanized Monday after suffering complications following surgery.

Conquest Two Step, the winner of the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 31, was euthanized Monday after suffering complications following surgery for an injured left hind leg, trainer Mark Casse said Wednesday.

Conquest Two Step was diagnosed with a condylar fracture after a workout at Santa Anita last Saturday. He underwent surgery Monday but reinjured the leg while recovering from anesthesia, Casse said.

“He broke his leg when he tried to get up,” Casse said. “I’ve been training 35 years. I had hundreds and hundreds of horses undergo operations. I think this is the first time this has happened to me.”

Conquest Two Step was nominated for the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita this Saturday. Conquest Two Step raced for Ernie Semersky and Dory Newel’s Conquest Stables. Conquest Two Step’s death was announced on their Facebook page Tuesday.

By Two Step Salsa, Conquest Two Step won 3 of 11 starts and earned $339,408. Aside from the win in the Palos Verdes, Conquest Two Step was second to top handicap horse Shared Belief in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes last December and third in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita on March 7.

Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
WELL SAID, LESLIE.
Leslie Bliman-Kuretzky More than 1 year ago
RIP to a Great Horse and condolences to his connections. The Conquest Owners and Mark take marvelous care of their horses. This was a tragic and freak accident, Do not let any others say otherwise.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
UGH....so sad. He will be missed. He really was a nice horse.
Maya Joffe More than 1 year ago
RIP Conquest Two Step...
tommy More than 1 year ago
I had this horse in my database for top sprinters !!! I will miss you conquest two step !!!!
BearsyZoo More than 1 year ago
Very sad, what a loss. He was such a classy horse. RIP Two Step.
Tom Hickey More than 1 year ago
That is so sad. Sympathy to all the connections.
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
god bless little boy Rainbow Bridge awaits with grassy fields to run forever in
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
God bless little boy rainbow bridge waits for you :)
martymar . More than 1 year ago
quite sad.. RIP Conquest Two Step and condolences to mark casse and conquest stables