heading to the airport, trainer Todd Pletcher was paid a brief visit by
Cot Campbell, head of the Dogwood Stable syndicate that owns Palace Malice,
who turned in a devastating performance Saturday in winning the Grade
2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes by a length over Will Take Charge. The
winning time of 1:47.37 was the second-fastest Jim Dandy since the race
was moved to 1 1/8 miles in 1972.
Malice, who won the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in his prior start, earned a
107 Beyer Speed Figure for the Jim Dandy, the second-fastest number on
dirt for a 3-year-old this year, behind only Dreaming of Julia's 114 in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks.
figured it was going to be good, a very solid time," Pletcher said. "He
picked it up every step along the way. I was encouraged [Hall of Fame
jockey] Mike [Smith] said he felt like he had something left. You hate
to say it was a bigger performance than winning the Belmont, but it
certainly looked that way."
Campbell, who received a round of applause when introduced to the crowd at Sunday workouts, was delighted by the victory.
seems to have come out fine, very feisty, feeling good, looking for
peppermints; that's always a good sign," he said. "So, we're very
pleased, and we'll start easing into the next go-round."
next go-round is expected to be the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, the 1
¼-mile centerpiece of the Saratoga meet on August 24.
Malice now will attempt to become the only horse besides 1969 Horse of
the Year Arts and Letters to win the Belmont, Jim Dandy and Travers. He
became the first horse to win the Belmont and Jim Dandy since
Conquistador Cielo in 1982.
Pletcher re-routed plans to work Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap-bound Cross Traffic and
star 3-year-old filly Dreaming of Juliaon the main track Sunday, and,
instead, breezed both of them in a light rain over the Oklahoma training
Traffic, a 4-year-old Goldmark Farm-owned son of the late Unbridled's
Song, went five furlongs in 1:02.90, the second-fastest of seven works
at the distance. He finished second in his most recent outing, beaten a
nose by Sahara Sky in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park
in only his fourth career start.
of Julia, a Stonestreet Stables-owned daughter of A.P. Indy, recorded
her first work since finishing second to runaway winner Close Hatches in
the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 22 at Belmont Park. She breezed four
furlongs in 51.02, 16th-fastest of 35 at the distance on the work tab.
3-year-old Dreaming of Julia won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks this
year and the Grade 1 Frizette last fall at Belmont Park.
decided to back-rake the main track, so I called an audible and worked
over here," Pletcher said. "I thought [Cross Traffic] went well. It was a
good work, and we got what we were looking for out of it."
As for Dreaming of Julia, Pletcher said he had no objective in mind for her.
her first work back," he said. "We were looking for an easy half and
she did well. We're not thinking of anything; just getting her back to
Pletcher said multiple graded stakes winner Kauai Katie,
last of six as the heavy favorite in the Grade 1 Prioress for
3-year-old fillies on Saturday, lost her right front shoe in the race.
"That's the only thing we could come up with," he said of the performance.