Kentucky Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized

Kentucky Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized

Dance With Fate, who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes earlier this year, sustained serious injuries during a training accident and was euthanized July 24.

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Grade I winner Dance With Fate, who finished sixth in this year's Kentucky Derby, was euthanized after sustaining a serious injury July 24 when he bolted and crashed into a fence while on the track at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, in California.

According to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club publicity, Dance With Fate was on the track at approximately 5:30 a.m. PDT nearing the far turn when he suddenly bolted and crashed into the outside fence, falling hard and losing exercise rider Joe Durant. Durant was taken by ambulance to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, in La Jolla, California, with unknown injuries.

The colt was removed from the track by ambulance and returned to trainer Peter Eurton's Del Mar barn where he was attended to by veterinarians for an apparent injury to his right rear leg. But efforts to save the 3-year-old colt were unsuccessful.

"With an extremely heavy heart we report Dance With Fate was unable to survive his injuries," Eurton tweeted. "Words can't express what we're feeling right now. Thank you for all of the support during a rough time like this. The joy he gave us will never be forgotten."

The son of Two Step Salsa, who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes earlier this year, was the likely favorite against older horses in the 1 1/16-mile San Diego July 26.

"I don't know exactly how it happened or why," said Eurton. "He tore some ligaments pretty severely in behind (in his right rear leg)."

Owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable, and Ciaglia Racing, Dance With Fate had three wins, three seconds and earnings of $680,050. After breaking his maiden at Del Mar as a 2-year-old, the colt finished second in the Del Mar Futurity and Frontrunner Stakes, both grade I, before an unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Previous to his Blue Grass win at Keeneland, in Lexington, Kentucky, Dance With Fate was an allowance winner on turf and second in the El Camino Real Derby. He finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands in his most recent start.

Dance With Fate had been entered in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby July 5 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, New York, but scratched on the eve of the 1 1/4-mile race after a bout with colic.

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Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine. A Lexington native, Mitchell joined The Blood-Horse after serving in editorial capacities with The Thoroughbred Record and Thoroughbred Times, specializing in business and auction aspects of the industry, and was editor-in-chief of the award-winning Horsemen’s Journal. As online managing editor, Mitchell works closely with The Blood-Horse news editor and other departments to make sure the website content is the most thorough and accurate source for all Thoroughbred news, results, videos, and data.

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