Palace Malice steps up training regimen prior to Florida departure - NBC Sports

Palace Malice steps up training regimen prior to Florida departure
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December 16, 2013, 9:15 pm

Dogwood Stable has announced that Palace Malice will now train six days a week effective immediately. His regimen is being tightened from every-other-day exercise as he prepares for the 2014 season. Dogwood president Cot Campbell said that Palace Malice will go out at 8:30 a.m. (EST) every day but Sunday, and will continue to walk and graze at 1:30 each afternoon.

"The distance of his gallops is being increased gradually from a mile and an eighth to a mile and three-eighths, and he will have one three-eighths of a mile breeze on January 4, prior to departing for Florida on January 7," Campbell explained.

Palace Malice will go to trainer Todd Pletcher's barn at Palm Meadows, where he will have the finishing touches applied for his 2014 debut in New Orleans in the Grade 2, $400,000 New Orleans Handicap on March 29.

"This colt is a horse of easy temperament. However, he is a big, strapping three-year-old race horse and on a cold morning, he can be a bit of a handful," Campbell declared. "Great credit goes to Gene Tucker who rides him daily. He could not be in better hands.

"Also, I certainly salute head yrainer Brad Stauffer, who is responsible for a very valuable animal during this two-month winter vacation. His groom Daniel Negrete is one of the best and I am grateful to him.

"I'm also most appreciative of the large number of spectators who come to the barn and the clocker's stand to see the horse. They are consistently very considerate and it's a pleasure to have them. We've had visitors that have come for overnight stays in order to see the horse in the mornings and we are touched by that.

"The town and the region have enjoyed the horse and Dogwood Stable has enjoyed that," Campbell added.

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