Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate
suffered catastrophic injuries to his right rear leg when he crashed
into the outer rail during a morning gallop Thursday.
Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon
Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Joe Ciaglia, Dance With Fate, a 3-year-old
son of Two Step Salsa, was being put through routine exercise just
before daybreak, around 5:30 a.m., for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap when he bolted and crashed into the outer rail.
Dance With Fate was taken to Barn X, Eurton’s
stable, and given immediate attention. Exercise rider Joe Durant
suffered undetermined injuries and was taken by ambulance to Scripps La
Jolla Hospital for examination and treatment.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., Eurton posted on his Twitter account:
“Words can’t express what we’re feeling right
now. With an extremely heavy heart we report Dance With Fate was unable
to survive his injuries. Thank you for all of the support during a
rough time like this. The joy he gave us will never be forgotten.”
Soon after the incident, Eurton said: “I
don’t know exactly how it happened or why. (Dance With Fate) was
galloping, and he ran into the outside fence. He tore some ligaments
pretty severely in the right (rear leg).”
Eurton continued with his morning duties long
after the accident. He immediately notified the owners before word
could get to them via Twitter or other sources. He oversaw the training
of the 24 other horses in his stable at Del Mar. He paused, however,
from time to time, to wipe away the tears when they welled up in his
Dance With Fate had been in training at Santa
Anita and Del Mar since an abortive attempt at running in the
$1.25-million Belmont Derby July 5 at Belmont Park in New York. The colt
suffered a bout of colic on the eve of that race and was scratched from
the mile and one-quarter. Subsequently, he registered a bullet
five-furlong drill at Del Mar July 19 in :58 2/5.
The striking, dark bay or brown colt had
scored his initial win at Del Mar last summer, then finished a
fast-closing second in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity. He was subsequently
stakes placed on two other occasions prior to capturing the Blue Grass
at Keeneland April 12.
He followed up that effort with a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky
Derby won by California Chrome, which was his most recent outing.
In nine starts, Dance With Fate shows three wins, three seconds and earnings of $680,050.
Horse Racing Nation got some great footage of Dance With Fate during his Kentucky Derby run in May - here's a tribute video: