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Last updated Thursday, January 29, 2015

Palace Malice Training Plans Altered

Palace Malice threw a shoe while training Wednesday and this has resulted in a bruise in the sole of his foot.  Therefore, we did not train him Thursday morning and will not breeze him Friday morning.

Plans to ship him Sunday have also been altered.

When the bruise has dissipated, he’ll resume training and will either have another breeze here and then ship to Florida, or he will leave once he’s sound.

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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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Palace Malice Second In Eclipse Award Voting

Palace Malice finished second in the voting for Older Male catagory for the Eclipse Award. Main Sequence, a winner of four Grade 1 races, received the most votes with Palace Malice finishing ahead of Wise Dan for second.

Palace Malice garnered 103 votes, with Main Sequence receiving 127. For a horse that terminated his 2014 campaign on August 2nd, with an injured, out-of-the-money appearance in the Whitney, this support was surprisingly good. Many of the most noted turf writers voted for him. This list would include Andy Beyer, Steve Crist, Caton Bredar, Bill Oppenheim, Gary West, Steve Haskin, etc., etc.

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Upcoming Entries

Bandwagon will make his career debut Sunday, February 1, in the eighth race at Gulftsream Park.  This is a maiden special weight race going five and one-half furlongs at 4:02 p.m.  Edgar Zayas will tide.  Bandwagon has post position 6 of 12.

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Cot Receives Whiteley Award

The South Carolina Owners and Breeders Association presented Cot Campbell the Whiteley Award for outstanding service to the horse industry in South Carolina at the annual awards banquet on January 17.  The banquet was held at the National Steeplechase Museum  in Camden, S.C.