Last updated Thursday, April 16, 2015
Palace Malice Breezed Saturday
Palace Malice worked five-eighths in 1:02.20 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.19, his final quarter in 23.48 while just tapped on lightly with the stick a couple of times to keep his mind on business through the final furlong.
"That was a typical Palace Malice breeze; he just got better and better with every furlong," said Todd Pletcher. "He finished up in 23 and change and galloped out really well. He seems like he is in great form. He'll work here one more time and go to New York for the Westchester 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.
“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.
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.