Via text, trainer Peter Eurton said Dance With Fate will return to California as scheduled on Monday – and that a decision about the Kentucky Derby won’t be coming for a week.
Last week, Eurton said he did not want the colt shipped to California, then back to Kentucky in such a short time period, but things can change.
Meanwhile, as Eurton was flying back to California, Dance With Fate had an easy morning at Keeneland Barn 22.
No report on Medal Count.
Wesley Ward said he was thrilled with the third-place effort of Pablo Del Monte.
“I was very proud of him. I think if the weather was a bit cooler like it is now, his speed may have carried farther,” Ward said early Sunday.
“We are thinking about the Derby,” Ward said. “That’s the good thing about the points system: You know exactly where you stand.” Pablo Del Monte is 25th on the leaderboard.
“We will stay here as long as possible, because he really thrives here (at Keeneland),” Ward said.
Katerina Vassilieva, who sent out fourth-place finisher Big Bazinga, was on her way back to Woodbine on Sunday. Big Bazinga was fine this morning, said Vassilieva’s assistant, Amber Mayers. She said the gelding would leave Keeneland for Woodbine Monday night. A possible future race there is the $125,000 Victoria Park, a 1 1/8-mile race on June 22. Mayers said Big Bazinga also could race at Arlington Park.
Trainer Justin Nixon said fifth-place finisher Coltimus Prime exited the race in good order and also would be headed to Woodbine.
“I was very happy with him,” Nixon said. “Our goal is the Queen’s Plate (on July 6), so we will take him back to Woodbine and look for a couple spots to get to the race.”
Sixth-place finisher Gala Award and Vinceremos, who finished 14th, came out of the race well, according to Juan Tovar, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. The two colts shipped to Churchill Downs Sunday morning.
Divine Oath, who did not draw in to the Toyota Blue Grass from the also-eligible list, worked a half-mile in :48.40 in preparation for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes for Pletcher. Divine Oath posted fractions of :13.20, :25 and out five furlongs in 1:01.
Trainer Tom Bush said So Lonesome would be heading back to New York following his seventh-place finish “to regroup.”
“He came out of the race fine,” Bush said. “There were a lot of nice horses behind him and the winner looked very legit on paper.”
Martine Pare, assistant to trainer Reade Baker, said Asserting Bear came out of his eighth-place finish in good shape and would remain at Keeneland for a while before heading to Woodbine to target the Queen’s Plate.
Casiguapo, who was ninth, is leaving today to return to trainer Mario Morales’ Calder base. Through trainer Manuel Azpurua, who served as interpreter, Morales said Casiguapo was good this morning. “He came back in good shape,” Morales said. “He ate everything last night.”
Morales said Casiguapo would return to competition after a rest, likely in an allowance race.
The Keeneland crowd included some 20 representatives of the University of Kentucky’s Equine Research Unit, which is based at Maine Chance Farm. UK bred Casiguapo.
“The students were disappointed in the final result, but when they got a little perspective it turned out to be a positive all around,” Dr. Laurie Lawrence, a professor of equine nutrition, said. She said about 12 members visited Casiguapo at his barn after the race to thank the connections.
Coastline, who finished 10th, probably is headed back to sprints, according to trainer Mark Casse.
“I thought Stewart (Elliott) did a great job from the post (11),” Casse said. “Stewart said he had a smile on his face at the half-mile pole and a frown at the three-eighths pole.”
Melanie Williams, assistant to trainer Michael Trombetta, said Extrasexyhippzster was fine the morning after his 11th-place finish and would remain at Keeneland for another week before shipping to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.
Edited Keeneland release