Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will head to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Saturday. The winner of the 145th Belmont Stakes appears to be in fine form and will be prepared for future races.


Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell said the next logical step for Palace Malice will be running in the Jim Dandy Stakes on July 27. The 1⅛-mile, Grade 2 race will be held at Saratoga Race Course.


“We don’t plan to work him until a week from Saturday, (June) 29th,” said Campbell. “I might have to work him before that. I might not be able to hold him on the ground. He’s a horse with an incredible constitution. He’s tough as nails. He’s sound and doing well.”


Campbell added that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be in the irons for Palace Malice’s next start, after leading him to victory in the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Dogwood Stable’s second Classic victory continues to resonate with the winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award of Merit.


“I thought Palace Malice was coming into the race in perfect form,” said Campbell. “However, there were 13 other horses that were coming into it in good form. I had every reason to think he would run an excellent race.”


Palace Malice won’t be the only Dogwood Stable horse returning to action. Multiple stakes placed Big Screen will run in the $150,000, 1⅛-mile, Grade 3 Poker Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park on July 4. The gray colt was disqualified and placed second in his previous start, after bumping in the deep stretch with eventual winner Souper Speedy.


Campbell was confounded when the inquiry sign went up, unable to see the infraction from his vantage point.


“From the side, we couldn’t tell anything,” said Campbell. “We all said, ‘It must be the second- or third-place horse.’ Then I saw the rider standing about 40 feet away. I said, ‘Aah, OK. That’s not a good sign.’ When we saw the head on, we understood it perfectly. He should have been taken down.”


Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004. Among the awards Baugh has won include the 2003 Raleigh Burroughs Award as the turf writer making the most impact on the Florida Thoroughbred Industry.