07/24/2013 4:51PM

Saratoga: Palace Malice takes aim on title in Jim Dandy

Barbara D. Livingston
Palace Malace will be facing a deep field of nine opponents in Saturday’s Jim Dandy.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – His victory in the Belmont Stakes came at the end of a long, and sometimes maddening, Triple Crown trail for Palace Malice. But his connections hope it is just the beginning of what he will accomplish in his career.

Palace Malice heads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. The Jim Dandy, along with Friday’s $100,000 Curlin Stakes here and Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, lead to the $1 million Travers here Aug. 24.

With separate winners of each of the three Triple Crown races – Orb in the Kentucky Derby and Oxbow in the Preakness before Palace Malice – the race for the 3-year-old championship is wide open.

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“I guess if he got lucky and won the Jim Dandy it would give him a slight edge on the competition as far as the 3-year-old” title, Cot Campbell, the head of the Dogwood Stable syndicate that owns Palace Malice, said Wednesday on the backside of Saratoga.

Palace Malice’s winter and spring included narrow losses in the Risen Star and Blue Grass Stakes and a brutal trip in the Louisiana Derby.

In the Kentucky Derby, Palace Malice, wearing blinkers for the first time, ran off with jockey Mike Smith and finished 12th after setting very fast early fractions.

“He made dumb mistakes or got unlucky,” Campbell said. “His Derby, as Mike Smith said, was sneaky good in that he hung on after those fractions. It’s been frustrating. He’s always touted himself.”

Todd Pletcher, trainer of Palace Malice, has always been high on the colt and believes Palace Malice has done nothing but improve since the Belmont Stakes.

“If anything, he’s gotten bigger and stronger,” Pletcher said. “It seems like he took that race really well. He’s doing better all the time.”

Palace Malice, a son of Curlin, will break from post 5 under Smith.

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The competition is deep and includes Preakness third-place finisher Mylute, Matt Winn Stakes winner Code West, Dwyer winner Moreno, Peter Pan winner Freedom Child, Iowa Derby winner Looking Cool, Gotham Stakes winner Vyjack, and Rebel winner Will Take Charge. Bashaar, third in the Iowa Derby, and Perfect Title, a recent allowance winner, complete the Jim Dandy field.

On Wednesday, Freedom Child worked four furlongs in 50.23 seconds over Saratoga’s main track. Trainer Tom Albertrani, who postponed the work from Tuesday because of wet track conditions, got the easy half-mile he was looking for, but that was a credit to exercise rider John Manson, who was able to keep Freedom Child from chasing another worker who had passed Freedom Child early in the move.

“It looked like when he broke off he was going to get company right away, but [Manson] did a nice job getting a hold of him and letting him go through the motions,” Albertrani said. “Just wanted to stretch his legs a little bit.”

Code West, trained by Bob Baffert, arrived from Southern California on Tuesday and galloped over the main track Wednesday morning.

Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
I appreciate that Todd and Dogwood Stables have a real plan for the coolest three year old in training...Malice of course...Jim Dandy...Travers...back to Belmont for the Jockey Club...Breeder's Cup!!...Of course,it's up to the horse to win the races,but I believe Palace Malice will be up for the task!....my dog Curlin would like to wish you,"rots of ruck in the Dandy"! ML
kc m More than 1 year ago
there is a very clear pattern of who wins the jim dandy and the travers. and palace malice doesn't fit it code west does. code west has single strongest predictor of who will win these races. these two races are the strangest races run in america in terms of having a very clear winner pattern.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
So you like Code West to win both the Jim Dandy and Travers? I'll give you 200-1 against that happening, and book all you want on Code in the Dandy and the Travers.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Send me your email address. I'd like some of that action.
mary More than 1 year ago
Palace malice Jim dandy travers sweep please!!! Love the son of curlin
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Hoo won the Mary Lou Whitney $15,000 drawing for the win bet on the Jim Dandy???...
Bob More than 1 year ago
Baffert will strike again. Code West going very well right now. Belmont Stakes winners usually shot after that race.
Ann Ferland More than 1 year ago
You mean like Lemon Drop Kid? Birdstone? Drosselmeyer? Summer Bird? Point Given?
Bob More than 1 year ago
And the list goes on and on. All overrated. They just happened to win a mile and a half race.
Perl More than 1 year ago
How exactly were any of these horses "overrated?" They all went on to win huge races after winning the Belmont. As a point of fact, LDK was a decent 7-2 in the Travers. It was Menifee who was overrated going into that race. Birdstone paid a solid 9-2 in the Travers. Again, underrated. Dross paid boxcars to win the BC Classic. Summer Bird was second choice to Quality Road in the Travers (a gift). Point Given was a certifiable monster. Not sure I'd call him overrated either. That said, I'm not sure I'd put Palace Malice in that category. It's hard to see him being a fair price on Saturday. Plus it's possible the Toddster is using this as a tee-up for the Travers. Good betting race. Will respect the fave but look elsewhere for my key.
Philip C More than 1 year ago
Well Easy Goer won the Belmont and came back to will the Whitney and Travers. Are you telling me he's overated?
kc m More than 1 year ago
what do all of those horses have in common with code west, that palace mailce doesn't--they all produced offspring and came from sires that won either the jim dandy and or the the travers or both, just like they did. code west is a lemon drop kid colt--palice malace comes from a line that has never won either of these races. go back and look at the history of winners of the jim dandy and the travers--unlike any other races in the country, these two are dominated by the offspring of past winners. in fact it is the strongest predictor of who will win. besides code west has the strongest record of any horse in the field--only one time out of the money in 10 starts, and time, he was the unlucky loser of a blanket finish. the belmont is the only race in triple crown, whose winners consistently are never heard from again. the derby is the race whose winners typically have very strong post derby careers, even when they don't win any of the other triple crown races.
Albert More than 1 year ago
There are good horses, but no standout here.....the newcomer Moreno gets tested for class, but may get an easy trip behind Freedom Child if he answers the bell. If they go too fast up front, Mylute can run down anyone in this field. Vyjack can join his stablemates who have gotten good at Saratoga. Box those three for a strong exacta...Palace may not hit the board.
Dick More than 1 year ago
PM, going to win.........
lfc1963 More than 1 year ago
Quigley Toy More than 1 year ago
How can he win a race he is not running in?
B More than 1 year ago
Unless it is run really slow, he will lose.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
9 over-matched colts. Palace Malice in a romp.
John More than 1 year ago
I think as Trevor would say, "you are spot on !" at least my hard earned $$$ will support your theory !