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Last updated Saturday, September 13, 2014

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September 5, 2014




Dogwood Stable is announcing the retirement of Palace Malice.  A deep bone bruise in his left hind leg was revealed after an examination at Rood & Riddle Veterinary Hospital in Lexington Thursday, Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president said.

“This situation causes us to address retiring Palace Malice, although Dr. Larry Bramlage’s prognosis states that the horse should race to his true potential as a five-year-old, after sufficient time for healing this problem,” Campbell said.

“After winning four straight graded stakes, including the Grade I Metropolitan Mile, Palace Malice ran a uncharacteristic race in the Whitney on August 2, and worked several times in a lackluster manner following that race.  When no apparent reason for that immerged, we flew him to Kentucky on September 2 and the examination revealed the reason for this change in form.”

“We are contacting those breeding operations that earlier have expressed interest in this horse and we will have discussions regarding his future.” 

Palace Malice made 17 career starts during his three years of racing, with seven wins (six in graded stakes), four seconds and a third for $2,676,135 in earnings. Highlights of his career include a pair of Grade 1 wins in the Belmont Stakes and the Metropolitan Handicap; a trio of Grade 2’s – Jim Dandy Stakes, Gulfstream Park Handicap and the New Orleans Handicap; and a win in the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes.


Although Palace Malice was based in New York with trainer Todd Pletcher throughout his career, and won at both Belmont and Saratoga, he was no stranger to shipping: he also ran in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, and California


For some weeks during 2014, Palace Malice sat atop the NTRA’s “Top Thoroughbred” poll, thanks to going four-for-four leading into the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga.


Palace Malice is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and out of the Royal Anthem mare Palace Rumor.


Palace Malice is currently stabled at Dr. Robert Copelan’s Sunnyside Farm in Paris, Kentucky.


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Glowing Ember Wins At Belmont

Glowing Ember WON by a half-length at Belmont Park on Saturday.  He broke on top and never looked back.  In front by two lengths early on, he led by a length after a half-mile.  Glowing Ember opened up by three in the stretch then when others came chasing, he would not be denied.  He earned $39,000.  Glowing Ember is trained by Gary Contessa.

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Newsletter Update

Our Dogwood Newsletter has been very popular, it seems. For some years, we published it three or four times a year. Since we have merged with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and have greatly reduced by attrition the number of horses in the Dogwood roster, we have not tried to publish a newsletter. However, we think we will do one by the end of the year. Its publication date is undetermined, but we look forward to putting one together and sending it out to our partners and friends. In the meantime, thanks to those of you who have made complimentary remarks about it and have asked when they will see the next one.

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