Palace Malice won the $250,000 Gulfstream Park H.- G2 Saturday afternoon. Palace Malice was fifth early on less than two lengths off the lead. Third while 3 wide after a half-mile, Palace Malice made the lead with a quarter-mile to go, relinquished it at the top of the stretch then fought back while on the inside to win by a head. The final time of 1:33.80 was only three-fifths off the track record. He earned $150,000 bringing his career total to $1,631,135.
After the race, Cot Campbell commented, "I was delighted with today. It's a good thing to see him come back like this in his first race in four months. He was tested pretty severely. I thought Golden Ticket would run by him - but he fought back."
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Palace Malice Named "Aiken Trained Horse of the Year"
Palace Malice has been named “Aiken Trained Horse of the Year” and will be presented with the award on March 16 at the Municipal Center in downtown Aiken. This takes place at 2:00 p.m.
This is hardly comparable to winning an Eclipse Award (for which he was a finalist), but given the history of Aiken and its association with great horses, he will follow in the footsteps of some very illustrious names.
The award was originally set for the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, but storm damage has taken that facility out of play.
In the meantime, the colt continues to do well, has great enthusiasm and we look forward to his first start on March 8 at Gulfstream.
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