09/23/2014 2:00PM

Palace Malice may be returned to training next year

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.”

Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Hehehe - yep and Wise Dan is going to run long on dirt :) hehehe. These owners with their fibbing and grubbing for undeserved votes .
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Three Chimneys is taking a risk here and I like it. They are paying millions up front to make it on the back end if this horse comes back next year and dominates the Grade 1's, which I think is possible if he starts next year sound. Wise Dan will be gone. Untapable will not race next year. Nor will CC, Bayern, Lea, GOD, and too many others to list. The point is if he comes back, he would be a top 5 for HOY potential, and that could lead to 10-12 yr 6 figure stud career. I like the chance they are taking and I think it's a sound business decision if things play out.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
at the age of six, speightstown came back to win an eclipse award after his second injury
Alex More than 1 year ago
LOL, what fantasy world is this?? sorry but once the Pletcher's go south, they don't come back.
Electrocutionst More than 1 year ago
Exactly, they don't come back, but Palace Malice may be coming back. He has a bone bruise, not the most serious of injuries, unlike other Pletcher horses where they were never coming back.
john g More than 1 year ago
The older horse division has taken a beating. It looks like the 3yr olds will be tough in the BC classic, not sure what 4 yr. old or older will compete ?
mikey More than 1 year ago
This will be a good betting BC. The only problem there will be a bunch of average horses.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
like i have always said, put him on the turf. how many turf horses retire with bone bruising ? he has similarities to english channel, who was awesome at five for pletcher.
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Racing on the turf hardly guarantees he'll stay sound.
jon g More than 1 year ago
I wish Mott took him over
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
mikey More than 1 year ago
They will not stop till they break down this poor animal.
jon g More than 1 year ago
booo to you. many thumbs down
Paul G More than 1 year ago
Curlin was plenty sound. They will protect PM. If they feel he is getting chancey, they place him at stud .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Campbell is impressed with the leadership of Three Chimneys but lets be honest, the money was the deciding factor.
Kenny H More than 1 year ago
Duh.....they try to win races so the can make money. You're such a goof all the time...lol
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago