Updated on 07/29/2014 7:59AM

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.




Nona VanDamme 11 months ago
DEL MAR — Dance With Fate, who won the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes and was sixth to California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby, was injured Thursday morning during a pre-dawn gallop and had to be euthanized. The likely favorite in Saturday’s San Diego Handicap, Dance With Fate reportedly veered right and into the green chain-link fence along the outside of the Polytrack after his left rein broke, according to pony rider Pepe Aragon. Exercise rider Joe Duran was seriously injured and taken to La Jolla Scripps Hospital. He suffered fractures in his spine and ribs and is scheduled for surgery on Friday. Aragon said he ponied Dance With Fate out and then noticed the horse didn’t come around the track. “The left rein broke and that caused (Dance With Fate) to go right into the fence,” Aragon said. “They hit one of the metal poles pretty hard and they both went down. Somehow, the rein came undone. No one knows how. It’s not anyone’s fault, not the rider, not the horse
Nona VanDamme 11 months ago
who the H puts on the bridles,, ? or who attempted to put it on.. :(
Rose Connolly More than 1 year 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.