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Dance With Fate to Work on Turf

California Chrome isn’t the only horse from Southern California scheduled to run in the Kentucky Derby a week from Saturday. It just seems that way, because the Santa Anita Derby winner is getting all the hype.

But among the other Golden State hopefuls is Dance With Fate, surprise winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, who, like California Chrome, leaves Monday for Kentucky and final preparations for the 140th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.

“He’s acting really well,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the Florida-bred son of Two Step Salsa, who has raced just twice on traditional dirt, finishing second to the late Bond Holder in the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes last September before finishing eighth with a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 2.

“A this point, there’s no reason not to run (in the Derby),” Eurton said. “He’s doing well, he’s happy. What else can you go by? I’ll be 20-1, but I’ll be enjoying every bit of it. If I see those little pink colors making a little bit of a run, I’ll be excited.”

Dance With Fate, who will be ridden by Corey Nakatani in the Derby, is scheduled to work on Santa Anita’s turf course Saturday before leaving Monday with California Chrome for Kentucky.

“He’ll work on the turf if it doesn’t rain,” Eurton said. “He relaxes well on the grass and he won’t do too much. He’s pretty fit.”

 

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