May 14, 2014
There’s a lot of racing left in 2014, but if the Eclipse Awards were held tomorrow, CURLIN’s outstanding 4yo colt Palace Malice, arguably the top handicap dirt horse in the country, would surely be a leading contender for Horse of the Year honors.
The Lane’s End-bred and -sold Palace Malice is now 3-for-3 this season, following his sparkling 9 3/4-length win in the G3 Westchester S. at Belmont May 11. The bay barely got out of a high gallop as he pulled away from his over-matched rivals, and now is on track for an engagement in the GI Met Mile on Belmont Stakes Day.
“He certainly ran well enough to keep that as a top priority,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.
Owned by Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice won last year’s G1 Belmont S. and G2 Jim Dandy S. He returned in 2014 to add the one-mile G2 Gulfstream Park H.–won in 1:33 4/5–and the G2 New Orleans H., which earned him a huge 114 Beyer Speed Figure.
His record stands at 15-6-4-1, $1,961,135.
“He doesn’t seem to have any distance limitations, short or long,” added Pletcher. “To win twice at a mile, once at a mile and an eighth, [and with] Belmont [S.] on the resume. We’re really excited about where he is, how he is doing, and hopefully [there is] more to come.”