04/18/2014 1:46PM

Kentucky Derby: Dance With Fate confirmed as starter

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Dance With Fate will run for the roses.

After being noncommittal regarding a start in the Kentucky Derby following Dance With Fate’s victory in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack on April 12, the colt’s connections announced Friday that the horse will run in North America’s most famous race May 3 at Churchill Downs.

The decision was first announced by Britney Eurton, the daughter of trainer Peter Eurton, on TVG and later confirmed by the trainer.

“We are a definite go,” Peter Eurton said by phone from California. “As long as he keeps doing the way he’s been doing, I see no reason why no. It’s a moment of a lifetime. I just want things to be going as well as they were for the Blue Grass, and so far it’s going as well as possible.”

Eurton also said, “Churchill Downs is conducive to horses that have his style.”

Following the Blue Grass, Eurton expressed concern about running the horse back in three weeks and running on dirt, a surface over which Dance With Fate is 0 for 2. However, Dance With Fate finished second to Bond Holder in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes on dirt. He finished eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the only start of his career in which he did not race on Lasix.

“I think the biggest thing that day was he got away poorly, and the kickback really bothered him,” Eurton said. “I think he’s much better now. He’s stronger in behind and hopefully gets through the dirt better than he did in the fall.”

Dance With Fate shipped back to Southern California on Tuesday, and on Friday he returned to the track, jogging over Santa Anita’s dirt training track.

Eurton said Dance With Fate would ship to Kentucky on April 28 on the same flight with Derby favorite California Chrome. Eurton said Dance With Fate would have one work before then, possibly over the Santa Anita turf course.

Corey Nakatani, who rode Dance With Fate in the Blue Grass, will ride him in the Kentucky Derby.

Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
G1 Front Runner stakes ....was a 'slow run ' race winner Bond Holder got a (78) Beyer....and has done nothing since , ergo his removal from Derby consideration ...Not really a good race to judge common opponents however , DWF is a Dual Qualifier and has since made his presence felt with his race in the 'Blue Grass' (s) track ...congrats to his connections and I agree with their choice to 'run' in the Derby .Its does not come along that often so enjoy !!*******
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
Bond Holder died - that's why he has done nothing.
Jack Isaacs More than 1 year ago
Jack Isaacs Dance with Fate is a Dual Qualifier and must be considered as being capable of getting the 11/4 derby distance. As a 2yr old he finished 2nd in the Gr 1 Front Runner Stakes which was contested on dirt. Trainer Eurton & Corey Nakatani present a formidale pair who know how to get the job done.
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
Dance With Fate (DWF) does deserve a shot in the Derby. The suggestion by someone on here who made the remark about DWF "keeping legitimate dirt horses... out of the Derby" (or something to that affect) is ridiculous. If the horse is being slow galloped his "2 miles a day" (I remember Afleet Alex often did this twice a day) and/or taking to whatever training ritual Eurton will employ or prescribe (like a Turf workout), then who are ANY OF US to say that he doesn't belong? This horse already showed us he can run in the manner that the Derby prescribes, just on another surface that many are prejudiced about.
ray johns More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to see Dance with Fate 's racing connections decided to go to the Kentucky Derby. Dance with Fate shows the pedigree and stamina to get the one mile and a quarter classic Kentucky Derby distance. Danza will be the proven speed frontrunner for the Derby and can guarantee an honest early pace to set up the late-charging Dance with Fate. I'd love to see Kid Cruz( Federico Tesio winner at Pimlico ) in the Kentucky Derby too, but he'll make the Preakness States(2nd jewel of the Triple Crown races) an exciting race .
Thomas Ditty More than 1 year ago
Not my type...Dance with Fate.... SOCIAL INCLUSION at a big # of rme!
JAHMAN More than 1 year ago
A nice horse I had him in the Blue Grass but wish connections would have kept to their initial assessment and skip the derby. Who is to say if I was in their position what I would do but I have seen this race chew up a lot of youngsters over the years and many are never the same.
David LaKari More than 1 year ago
California Chrome has been the most visually runner this spring and I hope everyone goes on a fishing expedition and raises the price upward on CC. When he makes his move on the turn for home and plays catch me if you can it will be all over except collecting the winnings
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
CC a nice horse yes, But, he is 2 for 4 outside California bred company. In his last race, only 3 could run and they finished 1-2-3. If anyone thought of CC rating in that race, I'm sorry, that's wasn't being rated. If he rates somewhere mid pack in Kentucky and gets a face full of Churchills main track , then he will be in trouble. Up coming Derby will be his toughest challenge to date. To come East to Kentucky from Sunny California and feel the cool mornings will be something CC has never felt. Better bring a palm tree and leave it in front of his stall to make him feel at home.....
michael More than 1 year ago
With the insistence of CDI to have a twenty horse field for the Derby, horses like this one do not belong. Instant throw out. Every Derby has at least 5 who would not be considered ten years ago.
Mike Reinhardt More than 1 year ago
And at least two horses in the last ten years have won the Derby who you probably said before the race "did not belong."
JimMcCarthy1 More than 1 year ago
I'm not using him but I bet he finishes in top half of the field. Owners have as much right to take a shot as anyone.
John Murray More than 1 year ago
Handicapping Dirt. Let's hope the track surface maintenance does not become an undue influence, super fast has been the norm and the dirt can be affected by weather. The added handicapping challenges of dirt from slop, mud, good, fast, super fast, speed favoring, off pace/ pressers, closers, inside/outside bias, it can be wet in Kentucky, In addition to figuring out which horse is the 'now' horse, the fresh horse on the improve cycle, we have to guess which horse is bred to go long. The Triple Crown, with so little time to recuperate between races is becoming as much a sorry stagger fest with only a couple of top contenders likely to survive it. Many posters are inferring that this is probably a weak 3 yo crop, which has regrettably become the norm over the past decade. Not too many consistent triple digit Beyers anymore. I wont dwell on the medication issues, other than to support Mr. Stronach's initiative. Then there are the Pletcher percentages, Calbred Baffert %'s to consider in the Derby... I was wondering why DWF did not remain in Kentucky rather than fly back to return again in 10 days.