The 2013 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year has returned to the worktab.
Palace Malice had his first breeze on Monday at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla.
The 4-year-old son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin is being pointed toward an allowance race in February at Gulfstream Park. The bay colt breezed three furlongs in 37.30 in his first official work since leaving Aiken for Florida on Jan. 6.
“He came back from Aiken in great shape,” Todd Pletcher, Palace Malice's trainer at the racetrack, told the Thoroughbred Daily News. “The Dogwood team did a terrific job with him. He looks to be in great form. He's already a very impressive looking horse, but he's filled out nicely. It looks like he's maturing into a terrific looking 4-year-old.”
The multiple graded stakes winning millionaire's first stakes start will more than likely be in the 1⅛-mile, $400,000, Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap on March 29 at the Fair Grounds.
Ben Baugh covers the equine industry and sport for the Aiken Standard.
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. Baugh is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, worked for North America's leading Thoroughbred breeder Adena Springs in Ocala, Fla. And interned at Thoroughbred Racing Communications in New York, N.Y.