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Bluegrass Stakes Winner, Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized After Training Mishap

The 90th Running of The Toyota Blue Grass (Grade l)
Keeneland Race Course   Lexington, Kentucky
April 12, 2014
Purse $750,000
1-1/8 Miles  1:50.06
Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable (Michael Mellen) and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Owner
Peter Eurton, Trainer
Corey Nakatani, Jockey
Medal Count (2nd)
Pablo Del Monte (3rd)
$14.80 $6.80 $5.80
Order of Finish - 8, 13, 3, 9
Please Give Photo Credit To:  / Coady Photography

The trainer of Bluegrass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dance With Fate says the colt had to be euthanized after suffering an injury during training at a California track.Dance With Fate was galloping at Del Mar race track early Thursday when he got startled and ran into a fence rail.     His exercise rider was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.The colt was training for the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar.       

It would have been his first start since the Kentucky Derby, where he finished sixth.     Trainer Peter Eurton says the three-year-old suffered ligament injuries in the mishap.  Later, in a Twitter post, Eurton said, “it’s with a heavy heart that we report Dance With Fate could not survive his injuries.”Dance With Fate had three victories in nine career starts, including April’s first place finish in the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.