After almost three months in winter quarters in Dogwood Stable’s Aiken, South Carolina barn, Palace Malice leaves Thursday night and will arrive with his trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Beach Downs Friday morning.
The five-year-old son of Curlin-Palace Rumor, now owned jointly by Three Chimneys Farm and Dogwood Stable, has had one easy breeze in Aiken, and is now ready for a racetrack work routine, according to Dogwood president Cot Campbell.
“He is pretty fit and feisty, and Todd is going to have trouble holding him on the ground until his first scheduled race on May 2 – the Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park,” Campbell said.
“He has thrived here, after a hiatus in the fall to recover from a bone bruise, presumably incurred during the running of the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Dr. Larry Bramlage had prescribed a long period of steady but mild exercise to ease him into a training program for a five-race campaign.”
“Aiken is a racehorse town and Palace Malice is a hero here. Large numbers of people have come out every morning to see him train. This has added to the pressure of his handlers, and great credit goes to our trainer Brad Stauffer and the semi-retired ex-trainer Ron Stevens, along with Gene Tucker his exercise rider, and his groom Daniel Negrete.”
Palace Malice has won both the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and the Metropolitan Mile, along with four other graded stakes, amassing $2,726,735. This year, his announced tentative schedule following the Grade 3 Westchester, is the Metropolitan Mile, the Whitney Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, all Grade 1’s.
For further information, please contact:
Cot Campbell – Dogwood President 803-642-2972
Jack Sadler – Vice President 803-642-2972