Dance With Fate had about four horses beaten as the field went down the backstretch under a moderate pace with Pablo del Monte on the lead. Jockey Corey Nakatani guided Dance With Fate to the outside on the far turn and the big, dark bay colt finally was able to make his run.
Dance With Fate reeled in Pablo del Monte and Medal Count in the stretch and easily passed them with Medal Count also getting past Pablo del Monte. The Two Step Salsa colt won the 1 1/8-mile Blue Grass Stakes in a time of 1:50.06 on the synthetic Polytrack surface.
“They were actually going a little slower than I anticipated, but being on the Polytrack, you don’t know what’s going to happen. Talking to [trainer] Peter [Eurton] about the race before he said, ‘if you can get him to switch off, [give him] a target to run at and save a little and make your best run when it counts,’ ” said Nakatani. “I don’t have a doubt he’ll [go 1 ¼ miles], it’s just if he handles the Churchill Downs surface at this point.”
Dance With Fate, who had eight points toward the Kentucky Derby before the Blue Grass Stakes earned a starting spot in the first jewel of the Triple Crown with 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Medal Count, who entered the race after winning last Friday’s Transylvania Stakes, finished second. Pablo del Monte held on for third with Big Bazinga rounding out the top four.
- Race Number: 11
- Date of Race: April 12, 2014
- Current Purse: $750,000
- Location: Lexington, Ky.
- Track: Keeneland Race Course
- Distance: 1 1/8 miles
- Surface: Polytrack (synthetic)
- Horse Age: 3-year-olds
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- Fastest Time (since 1976): 1:47:29 (Skip Away, 1996)
- Greatest Winning Margin (since 1976): 13 lengths (Alydar, 1978)
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