Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice finished third Saturday in the Grade 2, $400,000 11/16-mile Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. That puts the 3-year-old colt on solid ground in his quest to qualify for the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the 139th Kentucky Derby. Palace Malice was trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer.
The son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin was third in the race at the Crescent City oval, and his performance earned the Todd Pletcher charge 10 points at the start of the Championship Series in the Road to the Kentucky Derby point system series.
Palace Malice is in 19th place after the Risen Star, with the field for the Run for the Roses being composed of the top 20 point earners nominated to the Triple Crown races. It was the second start of the colt’s sophomore campaign, with Palace Malice placing second in a 7-furlong allowance race over an off track at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 19.
Palace Malice broke his maiden as a juvenile at Saratoga Race Course, and has never finished off the board in four lifetime starts.
Jim and Debbie Miller’s Daisy Devine became the latest horse to have trained over the Aiken Training Track to eclipse $1 million in earnings with an impessive showing in the $75,000 Bayou Handicap at the Fair Grounds.
The 5-year-old mare placed second by a head to Hugs and Kisses. However, a number of variables in the equation seemed to put the post-time race favorite at a disadvantage. Daisy Devine was the race’s highweight carrying 125 pounds, giving 11 pounds to the winner. There was also the dilemma of having to change racing surfaces with the race being switched from the turf to the main track. Additionally, Daisy Devine had to start from the extreme outside post.
Daisy Devine was broken and trained by Todd Turner at Chime Bell Farm, and was sent to Stauffer and Ron Stevens at the Aiken Training Track for additional training.
“The extra weight made her work a little more, and just wore her down,” said Jim Miller.
Daisy Devine increased her career winnings to $1,006,281.