Proving once again that Kentucky Derby fever is a challenging thing to resist, the connections of Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate confirmed Friday they do plan to start the son of Two Step Salsa in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Immediately after Dance With Fate’s Blue Grass win, trainer Peter Eurton said he was leaning against a Derby start citing the three-week turn around the fact he feels the colt is better on turf and synthetic surfaces than on dirt.
After evaluating the way he bounced out of the race upon returning to California, Eurton said he and the owners were swayed to go ahead and take a swing in the once-in-a-lifetime start.
“I wanted to enjoy the Blue Grass win and to me it was just the ultimate,” Eurton said when reached on Friday. “Maybe I got caught off guard a little too quick but I wanted to see how he came back and he came back so well, I thought Churchill could be a possibility.
“If he does as well two weeks from now as he is now, I’ll be one happy camper.”
Eurton added that Dance With Fate would likely ship to Churchill Monday or Tuesday of Kentucky Derby week. Jockey Corey Nakatani, who was aboard for the Blue Grass victory, will keep the mount.