09/05/2014 1:04PM

Palace Malice injured, retired at 4

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Barbara D. Livingston
Palace Malice retires with $2,676,135 in earnings.

Palace Malice, the winner of last year’s Belmont Stakes and this year’s Metropolitan Handicap, has been retired with bone bruising to his left hind cannon bone.

Palace Malice finished sixth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 2 at Saratoga and returned to the work tab twice following the race, with the results prompting his connections to send the 4-year-old Curlin colt for further examination.

“Following what we thought was a very uncharacteristic race in the Whitney and two subsequent inferior works, we sent him to Rood & Riddle and did scintigraphy,” Cot Campbell, the founder of owner Dogwood Stable, said. “We discovered he had significant bruising in his left hind cannon bone. This could have turned out to be catastrophic if we continued, so we have not.

“It’s the kind of thing that within 60 to 90 days would right itself, according to [Dr. Larry Bramlage],” Campbell added. “But I think given his value and given the interest in him as a stallion, it’s time to see if any of [the stud farms] want to step up.”

Campbell said no plans for Palace Malice’s stud career have been finalized.

“Eleven different operations have contacted us through the year expressing an interest in him,” Campbell said. “We’ve notified all of them that now is the time to talk, and they’re starting to get back to me.”

Palace Malice, who was trained by Todd Pletcher, concludes his career with 7 wins from 17 starts for earnings of $2,676,135. Multiple graded stakes-placed early in his 3-year-old season, he finished 12th after setting the pace when outfitted with blinkers for the Kentucky Derby, then scored a breakthrough victory in the Belmont Stakes. He also won the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes and finished second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at 3.

This year, Palace Malice won four consecutive races to start his season – the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap, Grade 3 Westchester Stakes, and Grade 1 Met Mile – before the Whitney.

“[He has] versatility and brilliance along with the stamina,” Campbell said. “He also won as a 2-year-old. He never ran a bad race. He ran races where he certainly didn’t finish well, like the Kentucky Derby, but not for lack of trying. The only uncharacteristic race he ever ran was in the Whitney. He traveled, he ran in California, Florida, New York, New Orleans. He ran everywhere and on all kinds of tracks, and he won from sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs to a mile and a half. I don’t think there’s any debate that he’s a very attractive stallion prospect.”

Katy Russo More than 1 year ago
Agree to disagree. (we all know what that means)
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
This Horse is far from great.. He won Three Race last , Four this year. By the Way So called Greats don't always make good Stallions. Tapit wasn't a Great horse. Curlin was a Drugged horse so I doubt any Champs will come from that Bloodline..
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
10 loses
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
2.76 mill in such a short career. say what you want, people now a days don't make that much in a lifetime! enjoy ur retirement PM and go make some nice foals.
Thomas De Fusco More than 1 year ago
great horse? MEDIOCRE AT BEST
mike More than 1 year ago
Funny when f*****s bash horses when they didn't have a clue. You probably don't think Cigar is great.
Jimmy Powell More than 1 year ago
I think he should keep racing as a 5yr old.
B More than 1 year ago
Of course he should. Even Bramlage said he would come back fine as a 5 year old if given time to heal. It's called his connections are less concerned about the sport and more concerned about the breeding income.
B More than 1 year ago
I'm reading all of these comments and am pretty stunned that so many would call this a great horse. Has the sport gotten so weak that a horse like this is considered to be great? Secretariat was great, Affirmed & Alydar were great, Ruffian was great, Cigar was great, Zenyatta was great, Forego was great, etc., etc., etc. PM won a couple of Grade I's and lost 10 of 17 starts. What is so great about that? I didn't like him at all as a three year old, but he was having a nice four year old career, but that's about the best I can say about him. Someone on here thinks that he is great because he won the Belmont at 3 and the Met at 4. That's nice, but so what? Is that some stat of significance? I am more impressed by Conquistador Cielo winning them both 5 days apart and even he wasn't a great horse, but he was a better one than Palace Malice..
John Badome More than 1 year ago
I agree, Much overated horse who is mediocre at best, they should rest him and race him next year. Much to much emphasis on horses winning grade 1"s in mediocre fields.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Thought this was the best dirt horse in the country at 4 and was going to be a lock for older male or even HOTY. Guess with the injury heal time taking away any chance to race in the BC Clasic its a no brainer to retire him. Show me the $$$
silver_charm More than 1 year ago
Here's where I really wish somebody, such as the DRF, would now compile a DVD all about #PalaceMalice, with all 17 of his lifetime races. He deserves it, the fans deserve it, and it would be a useful marketing tool for the sport of #horseracing.
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Funny reading on here how many west coast people consider palace malice overrated.....the funniest thing is the most overrated horse is out west. Game on dude!!!!
mike More than 1 year ago
Edward,can you say you wouldn't want to own a horse like Game On Dude that's won what he has to date?
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Sure I could use a few million in earnings but game on dude has made a career of cleaning up in a weak California handicap division...he has 1 very impressive race to me throughout his entire career. Beside the Santa Anita handicap this year he has done nothing. His 2nd is the BC classic was ok but he was loose on the lead and couldn't hold on in the worst BC classic field ever
mike More than 1 year ago
Well now he's seven and I don't like his trainer anyway.
B More than 1 year ago
No. The weakest BC Classic field ever was the one won by Skip Away.
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Maybe if skip away wasn't in there. Skip away was a monster for a couple years. Drosslemeyer was that other classic. He was losing 100k stakes races months before that race.
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Dude is consistently 10-15 lengths faster than PM EVER WAS .
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Your clueless if you really think that