11/14/2014 1:11PM

Palace Malice to return in 2015

Barbara D. Livingston
The connections of Palace Malice said the multiple Grade 1 winner has passed a veterinary examination and will return to racing in 2015.

The on-again-off-again saga that has been the career of Palace Malice for the last two months is officially on again. Co-owners Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm announced Friday that the multiple Grade 1 winner has passed a veterinary examination and will return to the races in 2015.

In his most recent outing, Palace Malice finished sixth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 2 at Saratoga. Following that loss and two subpar works, the 4-year-old son of Curlin was diagnosed with bone bruising of his left hind cannon bone, which prompted Dogwood Stable to announce his retirement in early September and begin soliciting bids from stud farms.

Less than three weeks later, Three Chimneys Farm purchased an interest in Palace Malice, and the deal’s terms raised the possibility that he could return to training.

“I’m a great fan of racing,” Dogwood founder and president Cot Campbell said. “When we began receiving bids from various farms, we didn’t expect one to come along to purchase half-interest with the idea of racing another year. [Three Chimneys Farm’s] offer was very, very appealing.”

Palace Malice underwent an extensive veterinary examination, including X-rays and ultrasounds, on Thursday in Lexington, Ky., and was pronounced sound for racing by a panel of veterinarians led by Larry Bramlage and Robert Copelan.

Palace Malice left Lexington on Friday morning bound for Dogwood’s training base in Aiken, S.C., where he will begin jogging Monday. The colt will spend 60 to 90 days in Aiken before rejoining trainer Todd Pletcher’s string in Florida. The Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland will be his ultimate goal for 2015.

“We’ll start off slowly,” Campbell said. “We’re going to ease him into it. This horse gets himself ready quickly. … The idea is to get him fit in an easy, gradual manner.

“He’s blooming, dappled out; he looks great,” Campbell added, noting that Palace Malice has put on about 45 pounds during rehab. “He was a wonderful patient in rehab.”

Upon his eventual retirement, Three Chimneys will assume full ownership of the horse to stand at its Midway, Ky., farm.

Palace Malice, the winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes, emerged as an older male championship candidate in the first half 2014 by winning his first four starts – the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap, Grade 3 Westchester Stakes, and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap – prior to suffering his first loss of the year in the Whitney. He has bankrolled $2,676,135.

Scott More than 1 year ago
Did they ever really figure out what happened? I don't rule out the bone bruising diagnosis, but that is a tough thing to actual nail down. Is it possible that this horse has had enough and has decided he doesn't want to race anymore? We've seen it before and we'll see it again. I'm sure if it was just bruising, that he'll be back to his old self in the mornings and the older Division had better look out. Otherwise, we've seen his last race.
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Ann More than 1 year ago
Three-year-olds Arts and Letters and Conquistador Cielo did it in the same week, not a year apart.
Chas More than 1 year ago
It is good to see Palace coming back...hats off to Three Chimneys for giving Palace a bit more rest and than waiting to re-evaluate him...always thought Cot and Dogwood were to quick to retire him...Palace will have plenty of G1 back east to run at: Met Mile, Whitney, Woodward, Jockey Club and BC Classic...a healthy Palace will make things very interesting next yr...
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This horse is tough beyond description but "they" need to quit hammering on him in the mornings.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
If next year is Palace Malice's last year, they should get one easy prep race into him, then run the horse in all G1 races. For all the praise Palace Malice has received this year, he only won 1 G1. If they run him in all G1s, maybe if he gets injured again in the summer they will not be in such a bad position for Horse of the Year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In his defense, there isn't that many grade 1 races on the east coast in the first half on the year
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Then bring him out west to BEAT UP on the competish out west. No?
Angelo More than 1 year ago
Bayern,Shared Belief, California Chrome, three reasons they won't bring him west.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Given Bayern ran 5 of 10 races in the north east and only 1 of his last 8 in california he is hardly a west coast horse
Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
True, but don't you think Baffert will keep Bayern on the west coast where the money is in the spring? Now that Bayern has shown he can get 1-1/4 miles under the right conditions why ship him east instead of staying home for the Big Cap?
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
The one time he came out west ,he got crushed in the Classic.I bet him that day still high off my 12-1 score in the Belmont gary touted out.
Rodney More than 1 year ago
Walter More than 1 year ago
This is great news for racing fans! Maybe we can see some great races from this guy next season. Love it