Peter Eurton, trainer of Dance With Fate, says Kentucky Derby points are the furthest thing from his mind – he just likes being at Keeneland.
“This is a special place for me,” Eurton said. “There is no better feeling than coming down the steps to go to the winner’s circle in the infield like last fall with Madame Cactus after the Raven Run. We had a blast here.”
Eurton hopes to make a repeat run in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday with Dance With Fate, and, he says, it’s the fruition of months of planning.
“This race has been in the plans since the Breeders’ Cup,” Eurton said. “The Blue Grass is a destination more than anything, and not just a prep for the Derby.”
Eurton went a step further and said he feels Dance With Fate’s preferred surface is Polytrack.
“Maybe when he gets bigger and stronger he will be better on dirt, but I think he is better on Polytrack,” Eurton said. “He’s a wonderful turf horse. He relaxes on grass and he has a great turn of foot.”
In his two starts on dirt, Dance With Fate finished second in the FrontRunner Stakes and eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after being squeezed at the start.
“He made the lead and then hung in the FrontRunner and I don’t think he saw (Bond Holder),” Eurton said. “Then he had problems in the Breeders’ Cup.”
Dance With Fate finished second in the El Camino Real Derby in his most recent start and is scheduled to return to California on Monday – but what if he gets 40 or 100 Derby points?
“It would be a lovely problem to have,” said Eurton, who left things open and concluded by saying he would not want to ship California, then back to Kentucky again if the Kentucky Derby is part of the plan.
Edited Keeneland release with additional content by Dick Downey