09/23/2014 3:00PM

Palace Malice may be returned to training next year

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Barbara D. Livingston
Three Chimneys and Dogwood Stable might race Palace Malice next year.

Three Chimneys Farm has acquired an interest in Palace Malice, and might return the classic winner to training in 2015 in partnership with Dogwood Stable.

Palace Malice finished sixth in the Whitney Handicap on Aug. 2 in his most recent start, his first loss of the season. Following two subsequent subpar works, Palace Malice underwent nuclear scintigraphy, which revealed bone bruising to his left hind cannon bone. The prognosis was for full recovery in 60 to 90 days, ending his 2014 campaign.

Given the timing, Dogwood announced the horse’s retirement earlier this month and began soliciting bids for his stud career.

“The somewhat unexpected and unique nature of the Three Chimneys offer was very enticing to us,” Dogwood founder and president Cot Campbell said in a release.

Palace Malice will undergo an examination by a panel of veterinarians on Nov. 15. If the son of Curlin is racing sound, he will be shipped to Dogwood’s base in Aiken, S.C., to prepare for a return to training with Todd Pletcher in 2015. Palace Malice would race in the name of Three Chimneys Farm/Dogwood Stable, and carry Dogwood colors. Upon his retirement, Three Chimneys will assume full ownership of the horse to stand at its Midway, Ky., farm.

Campbell said he is impressed with the leadership of Three Chimneys, which is headed by chairman Goncalo Torrealba.

“This joint ownership between Dogwood and Three Chimneys allows the owners of the four shares in Dogwood’s Palace Malice partnership to take a fair bit of money off the table, and still look forward to racing a horse that has had only 17 starts and will not have his fifth birthday until May 2,” Campbell said.

Palace Malice has won seven races, highlighted by victories in last year’s Belmont Stakes and this year’s Metropolitan Handicap, for earnings of $2,676,135.

“It is clear that Dogwood has done an exceptional job managing Palace Malice’s career to date, and to join them on this journey is exciting,” Torrealba said. “To be involved with the leading son of a two-time Horse of the Year, who demonstrated amazing versatility to win races like the Belmont Stakes and Metropolitan Mile, is what Three Chimneys is all about.”