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Last updated Thursday, March 26, 2015

Aiken and Florida Updates

Now that the Aiken Trials is over, three new two-year-olds are bought, and spring is hopefully in the air, Dogwood will assemble a shipment to New York in the next two to three weeks.  We have eight horses in Aiken that will leave us and begin their 2015 campaigns.

The Dogwood two-year-olds will go straight to Saratoga.

In the meantime, Palace Malice has a final work in Florida March 28.  On April 2, he flies with a few other Pletcher trainees to Belmont Park, where he will put in his final month of training before running in the Westchester Stakes on May 2. 

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Palace Malice Schedule For 2015

Palace Malice will target a five-stake 2015 campaign, starting with the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes in May. Interestingly, this year this race happens to coincide with Kentucky Derby day...may create a jockey dilemma, and ultimately culminating with the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in late October.

The hero of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile and three other graded stakes in 2014, Palace Malice’s campaign was aborted in mid-summer with a cannon bone bruise.  He rehabbed at Three Chimneys this fall and is now in full training at Dogwood’s facility in Aiken, South Carolina.

“The logic of the five-race campaign was easily determined by Three Chimneys, Dogwood and Todd Pletcher.  The Westchester is the ideal Belmont prep for an appearance in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile, in which he defeated Goldencents two-time Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner this past year.  We would follow with three Grade 1 stakes – the Whitney, early at Saratoga, the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont in the fall and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland”, Campbell said.

 “The four-year-old son of Curlin out of Palace Rumor is galloping now in Aiken and will train there until early February when he goes to Palm Beach Downs and Todd Pletcher.  It will be hard for Todd to hold him until May, but we do want to concentrate on the big races during the latter part of the year”, Campbell said.

 Palace Malice has career earnings of $2,676,235, including the rare combination of wins in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile.  In three years, Palace Malice has started 17 times, with his seven wins also including a trio of Grade 2’s – Jim Dandy Stakes, Gulfstream Park Handicap and the New Orleans Handicap; and the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes.  Palace Malice owns the highest Beyer of 2014 up to one mile.

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Street Fight finished second in the $50,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup - G3 in Aiken Saturday.  He was second throughout the running.  This was his first race back in a year. He has a win and now two seconds in graded stakes over jumps in only four starts.