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Saturday, August 24, 2013 | Birdstone
Conquest Titan, broke his maiden in style Saturday afternoon at Woodbine in the $125,500 Swynford S. for 2-year-olds, romping home by 5 1/4-lengths, giving his sire Birdstone his seventh stakes horse of 2013 and third winner in the past two days.

Conquest Titan, a Mark Casse trainee owned by Conquest Stables, went to the front shortly after the start of the seven furlong Swynford, setting a strong pace of  :46.50 seconds for the half mile.

After being briefly challenged by Tuscan Getaway on the far turn, Conquest Titan quickly opened several lengths on coming for home, then cruised in final furlong to get the distance in 1:23.64 over the Polytrack.

Conquest Titan netted $75,000 for the win, which was his second lifetime start. The Kentucky-bred was fourth in his debut June 30 at Churchill Downs.

Conquest Stables purchased their latest stakes winner for $475,000 earlier this year at the Ocala Breeders Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. The price was the fifth-highest of the auction.

“I worked him a couple of times and Mark has been working very hard to relax him,” said winning rider Eurico da Silva. “We teach him how to come from behind horses. And he was doing very well in the morning.But Mark said, ‘Try to relax him but if he’s the speed in the race, play it by ear.’

“He was running very, very relaxed (while on the lead). He ran beautifully. He just went for a breeze. He has a beautiful stride. He's a very good horse.”