A pair of impressive and successive stakes victories has stamped Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice as one of the best of his generation.
Palace Malice followed up his rousing victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, with a powerful performance this past Saturday in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The son of 2-time Horse-of-the-Year Curlin met a strong field, but was more than up to the challenge, turning back his rivals to win the 1 1/8-mile race, and in doing so earned a 107 Beyer Speed figure for his efforts. The multiple graded stakes winner came out of the Jim Dandy in good order, said W. Cothran Campbell, Dogwood Stable president, in a phone interview Wednesday morning.
“Mike Smith (Palace Malice’s Jockey) said that his performance on Saturday was better than his race in the Belmont,” said Campbell. “Everything is very positive. He came within a tick or two of equalling the track record that was set by an older horse (Lawyer Ron).”
Palace Malice trained Wednesday morning, and appears poised for his likely showdown with the Kentucky Derby winner Orb, and another Todd Pletcher charge, WinStar Farm’s Verrazano, the winner of Sunday’s Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Palace Malice is within three stalls of Verrazano at the 5-time Eclipse Award winning trainer’s barn at Saratoga.
“Verrazano is a formidable foe,” said Campbell. “I’m good pals with Verrazano’s owners (WinStar Farm). Palace Malice is doing great, and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Palace Malice wasn’t the only horse racing in the Dogwood Stable silks this past weekend at Saratoga Race Course to turn in a winning performance. A chestnut filly by the name of Miss Frost held on to break her maiden by a nose in a 1 1/16-mile turf race under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado. Miss Frost like Palace Malice is by Curlin. Tom Albertrani conditions Miss Frost. The filly is being pointed toward the $100,000, 1 1/16-mile P.G. Johnson Stakes, carded for the turf, on Aug. 28, said Campbell.