By Dick Downey
Dance With Fate’s connections have opted in to the Kentucky Derby.
The daughter of trainer Peter Eurton made the disclosure on Friday while being interviewed by TVG.
“Obviously there was a lot of discussion about the timing and surface he was running on,” said Britney Eurton. “But I talked to my dad this morning…. They have decided that because the horse is doing so well, and if he’s doing as well up until the race, they are going to run in the Derby.”
The colt was shipped back to California from Keeneland on Monday after winning the Toyota Blue Grass last Saturday. The trainer had expressed reservations about the Kentucky Derby for two reasons, saying that the colt is best on turf/synethetic surfaces and that shipping cross-country multiple times in such a short time span was not ideal.
“Obviously you have Derby fever, and it is a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Britney Eurton said. “When you have a colt who is so talented — and he has proven himself on dirt, finishing second in the Grade I FrontRunner — those are things the owners were weighing. You might never have this shot again.”
Corey Nakatani will retain the mount on Dance With Fate.