April 4, 2014
Last year’s G1 Belmont S. winner Palace Malice, bred and sold by Lane’s end, was sportingly kept in training by Dogwood Racing for the 2014 season, and Cot Campbell and Co. have already been rewarded with a pair of outstanding wins by the son of CURLIN.
On Mar. 29, the Todd Pletcher-trained Palace Malice easily handled Normandy Invasion in the $400,000 G2 New Orleans H. at Fair Grounds. Kept in the clear along the outside, Palace Malice swept to the front on the far turn and turned back Normandy Invasion’s challenge to prevail by 4 3/4 lengths. Palace Malice earned a huge 114 Beyer for his effort, the second-highest of the year.
“This horse holds a special place in my heart,” winning rider Mike Smith told The Blood-Horse. “He might be better than he was last year. He did that pretty handily today.”
In his return to the races, Palace Malice captured the $250,000 G2 Gulfstream Park H. against a deep field Mar. 8.
After a strong 2013, CURLIN’s in the midst of an outstanding season. A Top 15 sire on the General Sires List, he is the nation’s leading third-crop sire by earnings ($1.48 million), stakes winners (4), stakes wins (5), and winners (29).
CURLIN’s 2014 stakes winners include the exciting 3yo filly Diversy Harbor, heroine of the China Doll S. at Santa Anita; as well as Please Explain, a 3yo filly who captured Tampa Bay’s $100,000 Suncoast S. before a third-place effort in the G3 Honeybee S.
CURLIN’s graded performers this year are led by Lane’s End’s top 3yo colt Top Billing, and the consistent Ride On Curlin, in addition to the New York graded runner Flash Forward.