Dance with Fate punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby by running to victory in Saturday's $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Meanwhile, pre-race favorite Bobby's Kitten finished well outside of the money.
HRRN tweeted the results:
Dance With Fate outruns the field in the Bluegrass Stakes. Medal Count runs 2nd. Favorite Bobby's Kitten finishes outside of the top 4.— HRRN (@HRRN) April 12, 2014
And Americas Best Racing caught this stretch-run photo:
In the 90th running of this event, Dance with Fate outpaced second-place Medal Count, third-place Pablo Del Monte and fourth-place Big Bazinga en route to victory on the synthetic surface.
It was an exciting race, as Corey Nakatani helped pace Dance with Fate and navigate the pack. The eventual winner was hanging around fourth as the horses hit the home stretch and then made a great closing move.
Have a look at the results and a replay of the race:
|1||Dance with Fire||14.80||6.80||5.80|
|3||Pablo Del Monte||6.80|
As Louisville.com tweets, the second-place finish was also enough for Medal Count to book a spot in May's Kentucky Derby:
Medal Count was especially impressive, taking place after only eight days of rest.
It was a gorgeous day for racing, and there were plenty on hand to enjoy the action. As TVG's Todd Schrupp tweets, this race packed in the crowds:
Just informed by @keeneland Management, today's attendance for Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Day 39,722, ranking second biggest all-time.— Todd Schrupp (@ToddTVG) April 12, 2014
Dance with Fate takes 100 points for the win and already had eight points in hand. This is enough to move him into third on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
California Chrome currently sits atop the leaderboard and was shown on the broadcast. The horse, who has apparently figured out how to communicate in 140 characters or less, acknowledged the hoof tip and wished Saturday's competitors well.
They just showed me on TV in the FOX Sports1 coverage of the Blue Grass Stakes. Good luck to all in that race!— California Chrome (@CalChrome) April 12, 2014
Dance with Fate was impressive, but don't look for this performance to knock California Chrome from his perch atop Kentucky Derby contenders. Still, there is a lot to like about Dance with Fate.
Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman knows this horse has been handled well:
That good handling could very well lead to Dance with Fate not running in the Kentucky Derby, however. HorseRacingHL passed along this quote from Peter Eurton:
Trainer Peter Eurton says he is leaning against a KY Derby run for Dance With Fate "I just don't want to run back that quick. I really don't— horseracinghl (@horseracinghl) April 12, 2014
So, Kentucky Derby glory may not be in the future for Dance with Fate, but glory in the Blue Grass Stakes is his forever.