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Last updated Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Palace Malice Breeze Update: April 14, 2014

Palace Malice worked a 48 flat half-mile this morning – “as good as a horse has ever worked”.  He galloped out in a minute and change and went out six furlongs in 1:13, with Todd Pletcher on the transmitter, telling the rider to take it easy, even though the horse was under no pressure. 

He will work again in Florida next weekend and then ship to Belmont.  Obviously, he could not be doing any better.

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Palace Malice To Belmont's Westchester

Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice has a mid-season major objective of the Metropolitan Mile on June 7, using the May 11, $150,000 Grade III Westchester Stakes at a flat mile at Belmont as a prep, it was announced by Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president.

“Todd and I discussed other early May races for the horse, but it is logical that if we wish to run in the Met Mile – an enticing target for a purse of $1,250,000 and stallion prestige – the logical thing is to run precisely the same distance on the same racetrack.  Should we find that it is not his cup of tea, we can adjust our June 7 plans and look at the longer Brooklyn Handicap,” Campbell said.

“The horse is thriving in Florida with Todd.  He plans to breeze this Sunday for the first time following his win in the New Orleans Handicap, and tentatively will ship to New York in the middle of the month.  John Velazquez won an impressive mile race at Gulfstream on him, and we are delighted that he has given a commitment to ride in the upcoming races.  Both he and Mike Smith fit him beautifully.” Campbell said.

Palace Malice now has a record of 14 starts and five wins, with total earnings of $1,871,135.  His Beyer rating in his most recent race was 114.

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NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll (4/14/14)

Week six of the 2014 NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), covering racing performances through April 13. Current Horse of the Year ranking of the Top Thoroughbred on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-1 basis with first place votes in parentheses, 2014 record and total points. Poll Concludes Monday, Nov. 3. A-S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, H-horse, F-filly, M-mare, R-ridgling.

HORSE

A-S

STATS

PTS

PVS

1

Game On Dude (17)

7-G

2-1-0-0

446

1

2

Wise Dan (25)

7-G

1-1-0-0

444

4

3

Will Take Charge (1)

4-C

3-1-2-0

389

3

4

Palace Malice (6)

4-C

2-2-0-0

369

2

5

Lea (1)

5-H

2-2-0-0

288

5

6

Mucho Macho Man

6-H

2-1-0-0

223

6

7

Close Hatches

4-F

2-2-0-0

128

12

8

California Chrome (1)

3-C

3-3-0-0

99

9

9

Winning Prize

5-H

2-2-0-0

95

7

10

Beholder

4-F

0-0-0-0

81

8

Other horses receiving votes:

Princess Of Sylmar (69), Sahara Sky (42), Normandy Invasion (29), Judy The Beauty (23), Untapable (15), Lochte (12), Revolutionary (12), Cross Traffic (9), Blingo (7), Dads Caps (4), Romanash (4), Constitution (3), Jeranimo (3), Wicked Strong (3), Carve (2), Centre Court (2), Hard Not To Like (2), Daddy Nose Best (1), Newsdad (1)

 

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Danza Wins Arkansas Derby

Dogwood Stable's partner, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Danza won the Grade 1 $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby Saturday securing a spot in the starting gate for the Grade 1 $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.  Coming out of the one hole, Danza stalked the leaders while fourth after a half-mile just one and one-half lengths off the lead.  He moved up along the inside taking command at the top of the stretch and as much the best, powered his way to a four and three-quarter length victory.  Danza is trained by Todd Pletcher.

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