Dance With Fate Dominates Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland
Dance With Fate Dominates Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland: The Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes took place at Keenland today, April 12, 2014, and Dance With Fate took the victory, winning the $750,000 purse. There was the second largest attendance in track history of 39, 722 in the Keeneland crowd. The Blue Grass Stakes was for 3-year-olds on a fast poly track and the horses ran 1 1/8 miles.
Medal Count was the second place winner in the 2014 Blue Grass Stakes and third went to Pablo Del Monte. Pablo Del Monte set the pace early on, but couldn’t keep up the pace for the win. Dance With Fate got past Pablo Del Monte mid-stretch and easily held off the challenge.
Peter Eurton is Dance With Fate’s trainer and Dance With Fate was ridden by Corey Nakatani in the 2014 Blue Grass Stakes. Nakatanie said of 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 with 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.'”
Dance With Fate posted a Blue Grass Stakes time of 1:50.06. This win gives Dance With Fate 100 points to put towards the $2 Million Kentucky Derby, but trainer Peter Eurton is not sure if Dance With Fate will run in the Derby stating, “I don’t know [if we’ll go to the Derby]; it’s pretty quick three weeks back and I know he likes synthetic, I just don’t know if he likes dirt.”
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Results & Payouts
8 Dance With Fate and Corey S. Nakatani $14.80 to Win/$6.80 to Place/$5.80 to Show
13 Medal Count and Robby Albarado $7.80 to Place/$5.20 to Show
3 Pablo Del Monte and Victor Espinoza $6.80 to Show
Also ran: 9 – Big Bazinga, 6 – Coltimus Prime, 14 – Gala Award, 10 – So Lonesome, 1 – Asserting Bear, 7 – Casiguapo, 11 – Coastline, 2 – Extrasexyhippzster, 5 – Bobby’s Kitten, 4 – Harry’s Holiday, 12 – Vinceremos
Scratched horses: Divine Oath (Also-Eligible)
2014 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Replay: