01/31/2015 8:06PM

Conquest Two Step wins first career stakes in Palos Verdes

Benoit & Associates
Joe Talamo collects his third of four winners on Saturday's card aboard Conquest Two Step in the Palos Vercdes.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Conquest Two Step has grown up nicely following a two-month break last fall.

After finishing second to Shared Belief in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, Conquest Two Step won the first stakes of his career in Saturday’s $200,250 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs.

Conquest Two Step ($13) was timed in 1:08.10, beating four graded stakes winners in Secret Circle, Wild Dude, Distinctiv Passion, and Big Macher, as well as the longshot Chief Lion.

The time was the fastest six furlongs of the meeting, which began Dec. 26.

Conquest Two Step was ridden by Joe Talamo, his third of four winners on the card. Talamo had an ideal trip on the 4-year-old Conquest Two Step, who races for Conquest Stables and trainer Mark Casse. Talamo had Conquest Two Step in fourth after a quarter-mile in 21.21 seconds, racing about six lengths behind Distinctiv Passion, Big Macher, and Secret Circle.

“When those three hooked up, we had a perfect trip,” Talamo said.

Conquest Two Step was third with a quarter-mile remaining and second with a furlong to go. He caught the stretch leader Secret Circle in the final sixteenth to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Secret Circle, the winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2013, finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Wild Dude, who won the 2014 Palos Verdes.

Distinctiv Passion, the winner of the Grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes here Dec. 27, faded to finish fourth, 3 1/2 lengths behind Big Macher, the winner of the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar last summer. Big Macher was second to the turn but faded through the stretch. He still finished clear of the 44-1 shot Chief Lion.

Conquest Two Step was the 5-1 fourth choice in a field of six. The price did not surprise Casse, considering the depth of the field.

“I understand why people want to see two in a row,” he said. “Things set up nicely for him. I was smiling pretty big on the backside.”

Conquest Two Step has won 3 of 10 starts and earned $309,408. He was second in the Colin Stakes at Woodbine as a 2-year-old in 2013 and third in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar last August. Conquest Two Step won an optional claimer on the hillside turf course here in late October and did not start again until a neck loss to Shared Belief in the Malibu.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tommy, actually the fix on most horse races occur DURING the race. In the first couple of furlongs the tote officials hurridly review the computers to see where the big $$$ money is / and is NOT. then they communicate to various jocks to fall back their horses, and thus dictate the race finish order... Yes, Wi-fi communication is used for gambling purposes also. Its not just for internet. Take that TVG and DRF goons!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
I do agree with race fixing but they do it in a different way!! The track fixes the odds!! The other day at Tampa bay I bet $15 to win on a 15-1 horse right before the window closed and during the race you see my horse odds 15-1 but when he was at the top of the stretch with a 5 length lead his odds went to 5-2. Now the other way they fix races is jockeys are paid to pull horses and also other vets drug horses to lose !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are absolutely correct. Those are indeed the other ways to fix races. Besides me and you, the other people on this drf site are clueless. They believe what they are told.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Yes so now that we agree, what is the best way to play the game??? Is it even worth playing???
tommy More than 1 year ago
He deserved to win and I didn't bet Santa Anita because sometimes they fix races, but today they did not fix a single race!!!! And I paid the price because I played at Tampa bay and they fixed all the races and I lost!!!!!
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
Take your meds Tommy, we will all pray for you.