Dogwood Stable’s highly regarded 3-year-old colt Palace Malice is poised to make his sophomore campaign debut, and has been entered in a 7-furlong allowance race on Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park, said W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell, Dogwood Stable president.
The son of the two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, is out of the stakes winning mare Palace Rumor, who is by Grade 1 winner Royal Anthem.
Palace Malice was exceptional during his juvenile campaign, placing second in his debut, and following that effort with a 3 1/2-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong contest at Saratoga Race Course in his second start on Aug. 4, a race where he defeated Hightail, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, and Thane, the winner of the 2012 Aiken Trials Post Trophy.
The bay colt is conditioned by five-time Eclipse Award winning Trainer Todd Pletcher, and was bred by Will Farish.
Palace Malice worked on Dec. 30 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla, on Dec. 30, breezing 5-furlongs in 1:01 4/5 seconds. The Dogwood Stable runner worked with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby, and outworked the highly regarded colt, said Campbell.
“He (Palace Malice) galloped out with great gusto,” said Campbell. “He’ll work another 5/8ths on Sunday, and he’ll work a final time on the 13th, and then he does his number.”
Jockey Javier Castellano will get the return call on Palace Malice, having ridden the colt in his two previous starts.
If the horse runs well, Palace Malice will more than likely be pointed toward the Fountain of Youth Stakes, said Campbell.
“He’s doing great, he hasn’t made a bad move,” said Campbell. “He’s doing everything easily. Todd’s been tickled to death with him since he picked him up from Kentucky, and the other day (Dec. 30) was a good indication.”