Palace Malice's reign atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Top Thoroughbred Poll has ended – at least for now.
Following his sixth-place finish as the heavy favorite in the grade I Whitney Handicap on Aug. 2, the Dogwood Stable colt fell to No. 3 in the latest rankings, which were released on Monday.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who underwent colic surgery and hasn't raced since May, moved into the No. 1 spot with 368 points. He received 24 first-place votes from horse racing media members.
California Chrome, winner of the grade I Kentucky Derby and grade I Preakness Stakes, is No. 2 on the list with 312 points. He received seven first-place votes.
Palace Malice has 305 points, and he received eight first-place votes.
A 4-year-old son of Curlin, Palace Malice has a career record seven wins in 17 starts and earnings of $2,676,135.
Prior to the 1 1/8-mile Whitney at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York, Palace Malice was undefeated in four 2014 races. His most recent victory was in the grade I Metropolitan Handicap on June 7 at Belmont Park.
A 4-year-old son of Curlin, Palace Malice captured the grade I Belmont Stakes last year.
Palace Malice had been ranked No. 1 in the NTRA poll since June. He is scheduled to run next in the grade I Woodward Stakes on Aug. 30 at Saratoga.
“This is a bump in the road,” said Dogwood President Cot Campbell the day after Palace Malice's Whitney loss. “He could get right back in the game pretty quick [with another win].”
Campbell reported that Palace Malice had no apparent injuries or other health problems following the Whitney.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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