Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice came out of Saturday’s 144th running of the 1 1/4-mile, $1 million, Grade 1 Travers Stakes in good order, said W. Cothran Campbell, Dogwood Stable president, in a phone interview Wednesday morning.
“He’s doing just great,” said Campbell. “The horse is bright, and he’s full of himself. He’s absolutely sound.”
Despite a fourth place finish in Saturday’s Travers Stakes, Palace Malice closed the contest with a burst of brilliance, finishing less than a length behind the winner, after stumbling at the start, being carried inward by a rival, and having to contend with a slow pace.
“It was frustrating not to get the victory,” said Campbell.
Palace Malice, who is ranked 10th in the latest edition of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association top Thoroughbred poll, and is the highest rated 3-year-old male, is being pointed toward the 1 1/4-mile, $1 million, Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 28.
The multiple graded stakes winner, was trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer, and is currently in the barn of five-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher. The Jockey Club Gold Cup serves as an ideal prep for the 1 1/4-mile, $5 million, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
“He’ll have his first breeze on Sept. 8,” said Campbell.
Palace Malice has 3 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third from 10 lifetime starts, and has career earnings of $1,281,135.