Palace Malice works half-mile in :49.32 at Saratoga
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice worked a half-mile on Monday morning in :49.32 in company with a stablemate at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. The breeze was a day later than usual because the 4-year-old colt’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, was in Canada on Sunday to saddle We Miss Artie in the Queen’s Plate.
“Todd wanted to be on hand when he (Palace Malice) worked,” said Dogwood President Cot Campbell.
The latest breeze was Palace Malice’s third since winning the grade I Metropolitan Handicap on June 7.
“He spotted his workmate some ground and then finished up with him; that was the idea,” Campbell said. “His gallop out was rather sensational. He went five-eighths (of a mile) in 1:02, six furlongs in 1:15 and seven furlongs in 1:30.”
Palace Malice’s half-mile time wasn’t as fast as his clocking of :47.17 for the same distance on June 29, and that was fine with both Campbell and Pletcher.
“He (Pletcher) wanted to slow him down a little bit from last week, which was a little faster than necessary,” Campbell said. “It (Palace Malice’s effort) was very satisfactory.”
Palace Malice, who is undefeated in four races this year, will run next in the grade I Whitney Handicap on Aug. 2 at Saratoga. He is scheduled to work again on July 13, and the plan is for him to go five-eighths of a mile.
“He’s doing fine,” Campbell said. “Everything is hunky-dory.”
Palace Malice has earned $2,631,135 while capturing seven of his 16 career races. Last year, he triumphed in the grade I Belmont Stakes.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.