03/05/2014 4:25PM

Gulfstream Park: Palace Malice among eight for Gulfstream Handicap

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Barbara D. Livingston
Palace Malice, shown training last month at Palm Meadows, will make his 4-year-old debut in Saturday's Gulfstream Park Handicap.

A field of eight older runners, led by 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and Preakness runner-up Itsmyluckyday, was drawn Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Both horses will be making their 4-year-old debuts in the one-mile fixture.

Palace Malice will be ridden by Velazquez, while Paco Lopez, who won the Gulfstream Park Derby aboard Itsmyluckyday last winter, has the mount back Saturday.

[Gulfstream Park Handicap: Get PPs, watch Saturday's card live]

The remainder of the lineup is Uncaptured (Luis Contreras), Falling Sky (Elvis Trujillo), Golden Ticket (Manny Cruz), Brujo de Olleros (Corey Lanerie), Sr. Quisqueyano (Carlos Oliver), and Narvaez (Abdiel Jaen).

[Clocker Reports: Get Mike Welsch’s clocker reports from Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows]

Golden Ticket, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, also launches his 2014 campaign in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. Golden Ticket has not started since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap in November.

“I don’t know if I can say he’s 110 percent fit, but I can say he’s not far off,” trainer Ken McPeek said.