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Dance With Fate waltzes to Toyota Blue Grass victory

Front running turf specialist Bobby’s Kitten was the talk of the town heading into the G1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Sent to post as the as both the morning line and bettors’ choice off a wire-to-wire allowance victory at Tampa Bay Downs, most believed the son of Kitten’s Joy would transfer his form from turf to synthetics. Instead, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf third place finisher was wrangled into submission and out of contention, and California shipper Dance With Fate punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby with an impressive stretch run.
Perfect at Keeneland heading into this race, Pablo Del Monte bounced out of the gate quickly and established the lead. Coastline and Bobby’s Kitten took up positions right behind him, trading the second and third running positions during the early going, with Extrasexyhippzster right there with them. With no real pressure, Pablo Del Monte clicked off splits of 23:58/47:59/1.12:74. Turning for home, Pablo Del Monte looked a winner, but he wouldn’t stay in front for long.
Meanwhile, Dance With Fate took up a running position near the back of the field in 10th. Despite being 10th of fourteen, the Two Step Salsa colt was never far out of it, being only 6 ¾ lengths off the lead at worst. Wheeling out of the far turn, jockey Corey Nakatani said “go,” and away he went! Making an impressive sweeping move, Dance With Fate engulfed both Pablo Del Monte and Medal Count, who had gotten a jump start on the winner, in the stretch and pulled clear to win by 1 ¾ lengths in a final time of 1.50:06.
Medal Count, who had won the off-turf G3 Transylvania just 8 days ago, was beaten by both the quick turnaround and the outside post. He finished well, however, to cross the wire second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of pacesetter Pablo Del Monte. Longshot Big Bazinga ran another good race to complete the superfecta as a 35-1 outsider. The order of finish was completed by Coltimus Prime, Gala Award, So Lonesome, Asserting Bear, Casiguapo, Coastline, Extrasexyhippzster, Bobby’s Kitten, Harry’s Holiday, and Vinceremos.
Sent off at 6-1, winner Dance With Fate paid $14.80/$6.80/$5.80 for the win. Runner-up Medal Count returned $7.80/$5.20 off odds of 6.6-1, and Pablo Del Monte paid $6.80 off odds of 10-1. The $2 exacta was worth $127.60, the $2 trifecta paid $1,448.80, and the $0.10 superfecta returned $1,333.54.
As a Road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby event, the Blue Grass Stakes was worth 100 points to winner Dance With Fate; runner-up Medal Count received 40 points, Pablo Del Monte received 20 points, and Big Bazinga received 10 points. Dance With Fate moved up to near the top of the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 108 total points. Medal Count, who previously had 0 points, moved into the Top 20.
Despite having secured a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs, trainer Peter Eurton isn’t sure whether or not he’ll send his newly minted grade 1 winner to compete for the roses. “I just don’t know. It’s three weeks and kind of quick back. I know he loves synthetic better, (likes) turf. I just don’t know if he likes dirt. I know I’m going to hear it from everybody, though,” he said.
Winning jockey Corey Nakatani said after the race, “They were actually going a little slower than I anticipated, but being on the Polytrack you don’t know what’s going to happen. In talking to Peter (Eurton) about the race before, he said, ‘If you can, get him to switch off and just have a target for him to run at, save a little and just make your best run when it counts,’ and I said, ‘Ok, let’s do it.’”
In regards to whether or not Dance With Fate can get the 1 ¼ distance of the Kentucky Derby, Nakatani confidently stated, “I don’t have any doubt he can do that. It’s just a matter of whether he’ll handle the Churchill Downs surface at this point.”
By Two Step Salsa and out of the Saint Ballado mare Flirting With Fate, Dance With Fate brought $120,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company 2013 Spring Sale of Two-Year Olds in Training. He was bred by Best A Luck Farm LLC, and Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC were the lucky buyers. He improved his overall record to 8: 3-3-0. Today’s victory was the colt’s first stakes win, but his résumé includes runner-up efforts in the G1 Del Mar Futurity, G1 Frontrunner, and G3 El Camino Real Derby. 


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sometime points are mutually exclusive to one another
Check yes :)
TV youve answered your own posts in the last 7 posts, are you alright?
and the higher ups at Keeneland have finally come to understand this. The move to real dirt suggested they too disovered its irrelevnace.
what an irrelevanat race and irrelevant field of performers
I thought Medal Count was really good off the short rest.
really Peter? Then why is he on the Derby trail and why is he nominated?
He runs fine on dirt.
i begged for this colt to be nominated to the kentucky derby now he wins if ever you want him to switch to dirt why not let it be the kentucky derby three weeks is plenty of rest just bring him to churchhill and jog him in the dirt if he dioes' t like it at least you tried, hell it's the kentucky derby i think he's the horse that comeas from mid pack and upsets calafornia chrome,if he takes to the dirt like a good horse should
He should be used on exotic tickets.
I don't think we saw any Derby winners in the Bluegrass.

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