Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice continued to prepare for his return to the races with a three-furlong move Feb. 28 at Palm Beach Downs, his first since rejoining the Florida string of trainer Todd Pletcher.
The 5-year-old son of Curlin breezed in a sharp :36.69, best of 12 moves at the distance on the day.
Palice Malice, owned jointly by Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm, had one easy breeze in Aiken, S.C. before he went back into training with Pletcher.
On the comeback trail from bone bruising that once threatened to end his career, Palace Malice is being pointed toward the May 2 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park as the first start in a five-race schedule that is to culminate with the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
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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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Shipwreck Kelly will run Saturday, March 7, in the eighth race at Fair Grounds going six furlongs. He has post position 3 of 6 and will be ridden by Robby Albarado at 4:32 PM CST.