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Apr 12 2014 Blue Grass Keeneland I 1 1/8 Miles (S) 1 REPLAY
Feb 15 2014 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate III 1 1/8 Miles (S) 2 REPLAY
Sep 28 2013 FrontRunner Santa Anita Park I 1 1/16 Miles 2 REPLAY


Peter Eurton


Peter Eurton got into horse racing at a young age when his father would take him to the races.  Because of his small stature and his father's encouragement he started his career in racing as a jockey at age 19.  After his career as a jockey ended he excersied horses and learned under his stepfather trainer Steve Ippolito.  Eurton became a trainer in 1985.  Eurton saddled his first Grade I stakes winner with Wemissfrankie in the Del Mar Debutante who went on to finish 3rd in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. 

Corey Nakatani


Corey finished second in Kentucky Derby 137 aboard Nehro in his fifteenth Derby appearance. He has ridden two Kentucky Oaks winners, Lilt Light and Pike Place Dancer. Corey was a champion wrestler in high school and had his first experience with horse racing when his father stopped at Santa Anita Park on their way home from a wrestling tournament. Intrigued by the sport he began working on the backside as a hot walker and later learned to ride. He went to jockey school and after graduating in 1988, went to ride in Mexico where he rode his first winner in a dead heat aboard Blue King. He has won nine Breeders’ Cup races with My Miss Aureli, Regally Ready, Lit de Justice, Elmhurst, Reraise, Jewel Princess, Silic, Sweet Catomine, and Thor’s Echo. Corey ranks as one of the top 75 jockeys in the United States having won riding titles at Santa Anita Park, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and Oak Tree. On May 29, 2006 he rode four winners at Hollywood park to achieve his 3,000th career win. Besides his riding skills, Corey is also a talented golfer and carries a three handicap.

S. Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLC


Longtime partners, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing have been racing horses together with trainer Peter Eurton for years.  Their first graded stakes winner was Weemissfrankie, named after deceased partner Frank Alesia, who won the Del Mar Debutante in 2011.   Joe Ciaglia of Ciaglia Racing is the owner of California Skateparks, one of the premier designers of action sports facilities in the world, designing skateboard parks and facilities for the X Games.  Joe Ciaglia and trainer Peter Eurton met in the 1990s through the friendship of their wives.  Frank Alesia, one of Eurton's owners, helped educate Ciaglia about racing.  The first horse to run under the partnership of Frank and Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia racing was a horse named Cee Dreams. 


Two Step Salsa-Flirting with Fate, by Saint Ballado

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Dance with Fate is from the first crop of sprinter/miler Two Step Salsa, who was adept on synthetic, turf and dirt. 

A male-line descendant of Mr. Prospector, Two Step Salsa is by 1995 Louisiana Derby winner Petionville, out of a Seattle Slew mare. He won his first two starts on Santa Anita's old synthetic surface before trying turf, and finishing a useful second in the 2008 Harry Henson at Hollywood.

Switching to Hollywood's Cushion Track, Two Step Salsa dominated the seven-furlong Laz Barrera Memorial and the 1 1/16-mile Affirmed Handicap (in his first attempt at two turns). He tried the same tactic in the 1 1/8-mile Swaps, only to get caught by Tres Borrachos. Two Step Salsa ended his sophomore campaign with a third versus older horses in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

Two Step Salsa was subsequently purchased by Godolphin and shipped to Dubai, where he captured both of his starts by daylight on the dirt track at Nad al Sheba. He became a millionaire after taking the 2009 Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup night.

Two Step Salsa has gotten off to a promising start as a sire, with his other first-crop representatives including Purchango and Conquest Two Step.

Dance with Fate likely inherits an added dose of speed from his dam, Flirting with Fate, whose only win came at 6 1/2 furlongs. She has produced two other minor winners, themselves sprinter/miler types.

Flirting with Fate is by Saint Ballado, a full brother to Canadian Horse of the Year and outstanding broodmare Glorious Song, and to champion Devil's Bag.

Saint Ballado sired 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, two-time champion Ashado, and 1997 Kentucky Derby near-misser Captain Bodgit. His daughters have produced the likes of two-time Canadian champion Roxy Gap, Charitable Man, Code West and current Derby hopeful Social Inclusion.

Flirting with Fate is out of Biogio's Baby, who was thrice stakes-placed in New York-bred sprints. Biogio's Baby, by the speedy Belong to Me, is a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 queen Biogio's Rose.

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