Blue Grass Stakes winner undecided on Derby 140

04/14/2014 02:06 PM

The owners of Dance With Fate, the colt who shipped in from California to take the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland over the weekend, have a big decision to make — whether or not to run their horse in the Kentucky Derby. The horse is expected to ship back to the west coast today and a decision will be made within the next week, according to trainer Peter Eurton.

Dance With Fate came off the pace to claim the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths. The Son of Two Step Salsa paid 14.80 6.80 5.80 after going off at 6-1. With the win Dance With Fate earned 100 points, enough to get the nod for the Derby, should the owners decide to run.

The colt has three wins in his young career; two on synthetic tracks and one on turf. Therein lies the rub. The biggest test on dirt so far was in Breeders Cup Juvenile last November where Dance With Fate finished 8th after getting slammed out of the gate. Besides his lack of success on dirt so far, Eurton also points to the quick turnaround, 3 weeks, for the Derby.

This past Saturday was the last Toyota Blue Grass Stakes that will be run on a synthetic, or Polytrack. Keeneland will switch to a dirt track at the end of the spring meet on April 25.

The 750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. I) was run before 39,722 people. The Second largest crowd ever at Keeneland. Medal Count finished second and Pablo Del Monte finished 3rd. Morning line favorite Bobby’s Kitten finished a disappointing 12th in the field of 14.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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