08/27/2015 3:44PM

Multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice retired

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Barbara D. Livingston
The 5-year-old multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice has been retired.

Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky.

The 5-year-old son of Curlin had been training toward a start in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes on Sept. 5 at Saratoga, but Cot Campbell, president of co-owner Dogwood Stable, said the horse had not strode out with the same fluidity in recent days as he previously has shown.

“He’s had a nagging little problem with his right front, which has caused some interruptions in his training in the last two or three months, and that has resurfaced,” Campbell said. “It would be wrong to continue with him. He’s been too good to us. We wouldn’t want to enter a Grade 1 stakes feeling anything but 100 percent comfortable, and I don’t think we would be able to under the circumstances.”

Palace Malice most recently breezed Aug. 22, covering four furlongs in 47.80 seconds over Saratoga’s main track, and his last start came in a fourth-place effort Aug. 9 in the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga. It was his second race back from a nine-month layoff. The lengthy break was due to a bruise in his left hind cannon bone.

Palace Malice retires with seven wins in 19 starts for career earnings of $2,691,135. He raced his entire career for trainer Todd Pletcher.

The horse entered the 2013 Belmont Stakes as an overlooked commodity after an erratic effort in the Kentucky Derby, in which he raced with blinkers for the first time and set breakneck early fractions on his way to a spent 12th-place finish. He assumed a more comfortable pace in the Belmont and pulled away from the Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow and the Derby winner Orb to win by 3 1/4 lengths.

“It was magnificent,” Campbell said. “One of the greatest races in the history of the turf, and we won it. What a thrill it was. I’ll never get over it.”

In addition to his Belmont victory, his most notable wins include the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, the New Orleans Handicap, the Gulfstream Park Handicap, and the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes. He also earned runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Blue Grass Stakes.

Campbell said Palace Malice would head to Three Chimneys in the next day or two, depending on when transportation could be secured. The farm purchased a half-interest in the horse in September 2014. John Malone’s Bridlewood Farm also is a partner in the horse.

A stud fee will be determined for Palace Malice at a later time. He will be available for inspection at Three Chimneys during the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish, Palace Malice is out of the stakes-winning Royal Anthem mare Palace Rumor, who is the dam of four winners from as many foals to race. He is from the family of the Grade 1 winner Rail Trip.

Dogwood Stable purchased Palace Malice for $200,000 at the 2012 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale. He was a $25,000 purchase by Colin Brennan, agent, at the previous year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.