Dance With Fate
Dance With Fate was an aptly named horse.
He was loaded with talent, good looks and quite a bit of charisma. His name seemed to fit him. He was as graceful and athletic as a dancer. In his short but sparkling career, this horse seemed fated to become a star. In nine races he managed a Grade 1 win, two Grade 1 placings, a Grade III placing, a 6th place finish in the Kentucky Derby and a start in the Breeders Cup Juvenile.
He was about to launch his bid to become one of the best turf/synthetic horses in the land.
After the Kentucky Derby, Dance With Fate was rested up and was pointed to the new and prestigious Belmont Derby (gr. IT) on July 5. He was scratched the night before the race after a bout colic.
After recovering from his colic episode, Dance With Fate was entered in the San Diego Handicap (g. II) on July 26th. He was the morning line favorite and many looked forward to his come back. If all went well, he’d point to the Pacific Classic. If he could win the Pacific Classic after winning the Bluegrass, he’d become a major name.
On July 24th he went out for his morning exercise, just two days short of his start in the San Diego. Horses do as horses do…and he bolted with his rider and hit the outside rail hard and went down. He was euthanized shortly afterwards after being taken off the track by an equine ambulance. It was determined that he had done too much ligament damage in his hind end to heal.
Some horses have their destiny written in the stars. This horse had his fate tied up no matter what he did to try and dance away from it.
RIP Dance With Fate. I will remember you.
All photos courtesy of Dance With Fate’s Facebook Page.