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Palace Malice waiting for Whitney
June 26, 2014, 8:30 pm

Multiple Grade 1 star Palace Malice, who remained perfect in four starts this season when taking the June 7 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, will likely await the August 2 Whitney at Saratoga, according to Dogwood Stable's Cot Campbell.

In a release issued Thursday, Campbell mapped out the balance of Palace Malice's schedule:

"Palace Malice is being freshened at this point. He moved to Todd Pletcher's Saratoga barn on Tuesday, after working a very easy half-mile in :50 4/5 on Sunday at Belmont Park. 

"Tentatively, he has four races scheduled for the remainder of 2014. They are: the Whitney Invitational on August 2 at Saratoga; the Woodward on August 30 at Saratoga; the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont; and finally the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.

"He has raced four times this year. He is undefeated and seems to be hankering for more. However, after his June 7 Metropolitan Mile victory, we thought it was in his best interest to skip the Suburban on July 5 at Belmont and give him an eight-week breather before the summer-fall campaign. He will have five more works at Saratoga before the Whitney."

Campbell added that Palace Malice, a four-year-old son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, is in demand as a stallion prospect.

"We are flattered with the keen interest of breeding farms in his stallion potential," Campbell said. "In late summer or early fall, after the progression of his campaign, we will zero in on his long range plans."

Victorious in last year's Belmont Stakes, Palace Malice also captured the Jim Dandy and placed in the Blue Grass, Risen Star and Jockey Club Gold Cup during his sophomore campaign. The Pletcher charge made a successful return to action in the March 8 Gulfstream Park Handicap, coming again to get up in time going a one-turn mile.

After romping in the 1 1/8-mile New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds March 29, Palace Malice again reverted to a mile at Belmont. He dominated the May 11 Westchester by 9 3/4 lengths before following up in the prestigious Met Mile, advancing his scorecard to 16-7-4-1, $2,631,135.

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