Updated on 07/29/2014 8:59AM

Dance With Fate euthanized following serious injury

Debra A. Roma
Dance With Fate was scheduled to challenge older horses in Saturday's San Diego Handicap until he was severely injured Thursday morning.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Dance With Fate, the winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes in April, was euthanized on Thursday morning after suffering a severe stifle injury during a training accident at Del Mar earlier that morning, trainer Peter Eurton announced on his Twitter feed.

“Words can’t express what we’re feeling right now,” Eurton wrote. “With an extremely heavy heart, we report Dance With Fate was unable to survive his injuries.”

Dance With Fate suffered ruptured ligaments in the accident, which occurred early during Thursday’s training hours. The colt reportedly struck the outside rail while galloping, sustaining the injury. Eurton consulted with noted veterinarian Wayne McIlwraith on potential treatments before Dance With Fate was euthanized.

Eurton said he was in his barn and did not witness the incident. He was told that Dance With Fate’s bridle came off and that the horse was loose when stricken. Exercise rider Joe Duran was hospitalized and was undergoing a precautionary MRI at a local hospital, Eurton said.

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Dance With Fate was entered for Saturday’s $200,000 San Diego Handicap, where he was considered a leading candidate. A 3-year-old, Dance With Fate won 3 of 9 starts and earned $680,050 for Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable, and Ciaglia Racing.

Dance With Fate finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby on May 3 in his last start. He was entered for the Belmont Derby in New York on July 5, but did not start after suffering a mild bout of colic the preceding day.




Rose Connolly 7 months ago
terrible to lose this beautiful horse..lost his bridle and ran into the rail? what in the hell happened???
Scott More than 1 year ago
This so terrrible. This young horse. Horrible.
Gavin Stratton More than 1 year ago
R.I.P Dance With Fate
Kell More than 1 year ago
thank you for the bluegrass win
mike More than 1 year ago
You go by the name kell corn on BH right?
Delrene Sims More than 1 year ago
So very sad to lose this beautiful colt. My thoughts and prayers to Mr. Eurton and all the barn staff that loved and cared for Dance with Fate. Terrible accident.
Chandra Elgin More than 1 year ago
So very sad. Thoughts & prayers are with the connections. Such a magnificent animal - our loss, heaven's gain.
Dennis Ochs More than 1 year ago
It's nobody"s fault. Still, it is so sad to hear. Dance with Fate you will never be forgotten. RIP
redboy More than 1 year ago
You'll be Dancing in a much safer place ,It was a absolute pleasure watching you compete Fate,rest in peace.
mike More than 1 year ago
A shame each time something like this happens to make it worse, a few knuckleheads crawl out of the woodwork to make a bush league comment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People like you want drf to remove any comments that don't agree with your thinking. Life doesnt work that way. Everyone doesnt believe in the "wholesomeness" of horse racing like you do. Horse racing is gambling. Its not for kids. If you cant take it, get out.
mike More than 1 year ago
You get out! I don't stick my head in the sand,but some ten yr olds would have enough sense not to make disrespectful comments dishonoring a tragedy,by placing the spotlight on themselves. You know nothing about me can tell you pal I don't look at life with "rose colored lenses".
mike More than 1 year ago
Guess you're saying a little respect/manners isn't in fashion? That's why I'm a larger fan of animals than most individuals.
Kristin Lingerfelt More than 1 year ago
6 to 11 months for colic? Not a horse person are you? You do know that "colic" is a catch all term that refers to any digestive upset. Anything from the super mild belly ache/extra gas to the catastrophic twisted guy. A very mild colic is enough to keep a horse out of a race but allow him to be back in work within a day or two.
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Accurate and well stated Ma'am. So frustrating to see folks that know so little about Equines babble on and on about a subject they are totally uneducated on.