Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice to Run in Belmont Stakes

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Palace Malice breaks maiden at Saratoga Palace Malice breaks maiden at Saratoga

Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will run in the Belmont Stakes on June 8, and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride him, announced Cot Campbell, Dogwood president.

“The decision is based on the outcome of the Preakness, and the fact that on Sunday at Belmont Park our horse worked a very snappy half in :47.2, indicating good energy and enthusiasm. The blinkers that jazzed him up in the Derby come off and we anticipate no problem with pace or distance. He has always rated kindly in previous races, and he will be in good hands with Mike Smith,” Campbell said.

“We are keen to give him another chance, his trainer Todd Pletcher included. Who knows which horses will relish a mile and a half; but his pedigree and his disposition – sans blinkers – would give Palace Malice as good a shot as any of them,” he said.

Palace Malice was second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes, and third in the Grade 2 Risen Star. He has earnings of $271,135. The colt is by Curlin out of Palace Rumor by Royal Anthem.

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  • Ida Lee

    So the speed demon is going to the Belmont. Palace needs to remember we’re talking about the Big Sandy and a mile and a half…no easy task. And he most certainly will not help himself if he takes off like his butt is on fire (remember the Derby!!!)…pace, pace, pace!! But, Daddy is Curlin who had a pretty good Belmont except, of course, for Her Royal Highness, Rags to Riches, who under no circumstances was going to lose that particular Belmont. So, I think Palace Malice has a pretty good chance of winning this race if he gets a good ride.

  • harry

    Sometimes in horse racing you really have to question some of the decisions made by trainers and owners. After the Blue Grass Garrett Gomez told Pletcher Palace Malice was “looking around when he got caught by Java War. So Todd puts blinkers on in Derby and obviously ran away with Mike Smith and stopped suddenly and rightfully so going 1 1/4 miles. Now in the Belmont going 1 1/2 miles (2 more furlongs) than the Derby somehow taking off blinkers will suddenly make Palace Malice a closer or at best a pace presser and he will suddenly be able to go 1 1/2 miles when he could not go 1 1/4 miles. Go back to Louisiana and he even hung going 1 1/16 when ridden by Rosie Napravnick. All due respect to Pletcher and owners do they REALLY think Palace Malice is a 1 1/2 mile horse. At least based on past performances NO. Half of the Belmont field will never ever go 1 1/2 miles with exception of Revolutionary. Only time will tell !!! Todd keep blinkers on and let Palice Malice show that great speed going one turn mile or even one turn 7 furlongs. Instead Pletcher is asking him to go 1 1/2 miles when he has a problem going 1 1/4. He is the millionaire and I can’t afford McDonalds. Best of luck!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

      I have to agree with Harry. In my opinion, ( I know) I’m not the trainer….I would try Palace Malice in a sprint & see how well he does in the shorter distance. Remember Shackleford, when they switched him to the shorter distance, he performed much better. I think it is a shame Palace Malice wasn’t entered in the Preakness Stakes which I think he would have won, much like his sire, Curlin.

  • Sampan

    They have tried everything under the sun to get him a win. He maybe just a grinder.

    I noticed he was used as a workhorse for Violence and then a workhorse for Verrazano. Generally you do not work your best against each other. I felt he was just a rabbit when they put blinkers on him. Another strike against him is his sire Curlin, has 218 foals of racing age with 57 starters and 24 winners and only 1 stakes winner. The fact he ran well on all weather perhaps that’s their best bet for success..

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