06/09/2013 11:21AM

Belmont Stakes: Palace Malice targeting Jim Dandy, Travers

Justin N. Lane
Palace Malice (right) will target the Jim Dandy and Travers stakes at Saratoga after winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Palace Malice, who won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, came out of the race in good condition and is likely headed to Saratoga for the Jim Dandy Stakes on July 27 and the Travers on Aug. 24, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday at Belmont Park.

Both Preakness winner Oxbow, who was second in the Belmont, and Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who was third, also could point to the Travers, making that race potentially a pivotal showdown for the 3-year-old male title.

Pletcher said this Belmont win was “very satisfying” because of his long-held belief that Palace Malice had that kind of ability, and the support of Dogwood Stable’s Cot Campbell and co-owner Paul Orrefice.

“I was very happy for Mr. Campbell, very happy for Mr. Orrefice, very happy for everyone at Dogwood because they’ve supported me a long time, from back when I didn’t have any horses,” Pletcher said. “And it was satisfying because of the horse. We kept believing in him because of what we saw in the morning, and he showed up with a race we thought he had in him.

“And it’s nice to win a race like that,” added Pletcher, who also won the Belmont with Rags to Riches in 2007.

Pletcher ran five horses in the Belmont and said all came out of the race in good condition.

He said because of Campbell’s fondness for Saratoga, the Jim Dandy and Travers “are probably where we’ll go.”

Pletcher said he needed to speak with WinStar’s Elliott Walden about plans for Revolutionary, who finished fifth in the Belmont, but his day-after instinct was that Revolutionary “might get a freshening.”

Unlimited Budget, the filly who finished sixth, will race against fillies next time, Pletcher said, with the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 20 at Saratoga most likely.

Pletcher said he was “not sure what we want to do” with Overanalyze, who finished seventh. He said the Jim Dandy and Travers are possible, as is the Haskell on July 28 at Monmouth, a race that is the intended target for the once-beaten Verrazano, who has not raced since the Derby.

Midnight Taboo, who finished 12th of 14 in the Belmont, will run in a first-level allowance next time, Pletcher said.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas left Belmont early Sunday for Churchill Downs with Oxbow and Will Take Charge, who was 10th on Saturday.

Orb was tired Sunday, trainer Shug McGaughey said. McGaughey said he was thinking of sending Orb to the Fair Hill training center with Bruce Jackson to get him away from the racetrack environment and freshen him before a return to training.

“Hopefully, we can get him back on his feet,” McGaughey said. “I’d love to run in the Travers. My main objective, if he bounces out of this the way I hope, would be the Travers.”

JeanK More than 1 year ago
Well now that they have had their "dance maccabre" the three winners of the triple will make space to the real runner of the 3 yr old division... Power Broker, Baffert's colt shall and will and is able to take the Haskell the Travers and the 3 year old championship if he can beat Orb in the Breeder's Cup, but the Travers belongs to Power Broker. The stuffy guys will nod, they always do.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
My 4 top choices ran in reverse orderof how I thought tjey would. Overanalyze-7th Orb-3rd Oxbow-2nd Palace Malice-1st Oh well. A win is a win, just not the win I had expected.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Of course they are fast at 6 - 8 furlongs....they are bred that way....mostly MILERS.....why do you think the met mile is the stallion maker....DUHHHHHH
T BREDS More than 1 year ago
The Met Mile is the stallion maker? Consider the following: current Leading Sires 2013 Leroidesanimaux - Eclipse award winner (turf) - won two Grade 1s - the mile and a sixteenth on the turf Citation H-G1; and the Atto Mile-G1 on the turf. Malibu Moon - raced twice, won once - won a 5 furlong Maiden Special Weight on the dirt, at Hollywood Park Speightstown - won one Grade 1, the 6 furlong BC Sprint-G1 on the dirt (as a 6-yo). Every stakes race he won or placed in was 6 or 7 furlongs. Awesome Again - best race won, the mile and a quarter BC Classic-G1. Every stakes race he won or placed in (total of 8) was 1 1/8 or 1 1/4 miles...Never a mile or less. Giant's Causeway - Never won a race in North America. His only North American start was in the mile and a quarter BC Classic-G1, in which he finished second. All of his other stakes starts/wins/placings were on the turf in England, Ireland or France, from 7f to 10.5 furlongs. Kitten's Joy - his 2 G1 wins were the 1 1/2 mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic-G1, and the 1 1/4 mile Secretariat Stakes-G1 Every one of his 10 stakes wins and placings was on the turf, from 8 furlongs to 12 furlongs. Tapit - He won two stakes (and placed in no others). He won the 1 1/8 mile Wood Memorial-G1, and the mile and a sixteenth Laurel Futurity-G3. Medaglia D'Oro - His three G1 wins were the 1 1/4 mile Travers-G1; the 1 1/8 mile Whitney-G1; and the 1 1/8 mile Donn H-G1. War Front - His only stakes wins were the $66,000 Princelet Stakes-Listed, at a mile and a sixteenth (at age 3); and the 6 furlong Alfred G Vanderbilt BC Hcp-G2 (at age 4). He placed second in 6 furlong Vosburgh-G2; second in the 7 furlong Forego-G1; second in the 7 furlong Tom Fool-G2; second in the 6 furlong Mr Prospector-G3; second in the 6 furlong Deputy Minister-G3. Unbridled's Song - All seven of his stakes wins and placings were at 7 furlongs, or 8.5 furlongs, or 9 furlongs. Thoughts?
Sy Bonem More than 1 year ago
Hard to get excited about a group that doesn't have a horse in it that can break 26 seconds for the final 1/4. Saratoga could provide us with some surprises.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
Great win for Palace Malice!!!!...Can't believe Curlin has already sired a Belmont Stakes winner..and hats off to Smart Strike as well!!...this horse still has plenty of winning to with a huge upside,instead of people whining about final times and how weak this current crop is we should be celebrating this horse...he's just a big goofy kid,still learning..with royal blood running through his veins....wonder how many people dismissed Cigar when he was running below average as a three year old??...he developed into a monster...
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Bob Baffert will win the Haskell again. Powerbroker
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I'm not done with orb I believe He is a really good horse. Oxbow prove to be better this season. Going toward to the breeders like orb better. Oxbow will be close with game on dude maybe fort larned and other quick older horses.orb will get better trip and shorter race. What fools don't understand is closer have limitation as well. A mile and a half to much for wore out horse. Ran a big race for third. Freshening good help him accomplish what his damsire unbridled did derby classic
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
This ENTIRE group of 3 yo's are no where in the same class as the older males.
mary More than 1 year ago
Graydar will win Bc classic
Tom More than 1 year ago
Just another very bad horse who won The Belmont to go with the very long list of very bad horses who have won The Belmont in the last 60 years, I can name at least 20. His first stakes win ever, does anyone really believe he will ever win another stakes?
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Yes I do. Father was two time horse of the year. Pm ran similar style of father in bluegrass and Belmont. Where is javas war(bluegrass winner)? His derby not as bad as u think got lead in 20 horse field held lead for almost whole mile with a blazing 109 6 furlongs. Not all that bad. Orb and oxbow better this season like orb in Bc after freshning
BSulecki80 More than 1 year ago
I had palice malice all the way. my first bet of the day. BOOM
mikey More than 1 year ago
This bunch walking on the same ground as BID RED is a crime.They looked like trotters the last quater.