There are two locally connected horses among the entries in Saturday’s seventh race at Saratoga Race Course. Dogwood Stable’s highly regarded Palace Malice and Darley Stable’s Aiken Trials winner Thane will be among the field contesting a 6½-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds.
Palace Malice will be break from post position No. 8 and will have jockey Javier Castellano in the irons. The son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin finished second in his debut on July 5 at Belmont Park, beaten by only a half-length. The Todd Pletcher charge has been made the even-money morning-line favorite. Palace Malice last worked on July 29th, breezing five-furlongs in 1:02.2 over the Oklahoma Training Track.
Palace Malice was purchased by Dogwood Stable at the 2012 Keeneland April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale from the consignment of Niall Brennan for $200,000. Palace Malice is out of the Royal Anthem stakes-winning mare Palace Rumor and was trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens.
Darley Stable’s Thane, the winner of the Aiken Trials Post Trophy, will break from post position No. 6. The dark bay juvenile colt will be making his racing debut.
A son of multiple Grade 1 winner Medaglia D’Oro, Thane is 4-1 on the morning line and will be ridden by jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. The colt was purchased at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton August Saratoga Yearling Sale for $525,000. Kiaran Mclaughlin conditions Thane,
The colt last worked on July 25 at Saratoga, breezing 5-furlongs in 1 minute flat.
Thane was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.