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Palace Malice Breezes in the Westchester

Palace Malice Westchester 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA / Coglianese Photos
In what turned out to be a $90,000 one-mile breeze, Palace Malice made short work of the Westchester at Belmont Park. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite in a field of four, the Dogwood Stable four year-old ended up winning by 9¾ lengths in a time of 1:35.53.

Palace Malice was making his third start of 2014 and was expected to win easily. Trainer Todd Pletcher commented on that, "Anytime you're in a race that you fully expect to win you're always a little extra anxious and you're just hoping everything goes according to plan, everything goes smoothly. Luckily, for everyone involved today, it did."

Palace Malice has now won the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), the New Orleans Handicap (G2), and the Westchester (G3) in total, by over 14 lengths. His record certainly puts him at the top of the older male handicap division. "He's 3-for-3, so far, this year, said Pletcher. He doesn't seem to have any distance limitations, short or long, to win twice at a mile, once at a mile and an eighth, Belmont [Stakes] on the résumé. We're really excited about where he is, how he is doing, and hopefully [there is] more to come."

In the early going, Palace Malice sat a few lengths behind the pace setters I’m Steppin’ It Up and Red Rifle as they went :23.61 and :46.69. After five furlongs Palace Malice started his move on the outside and easily passed the leaders. After three quarters in 1:11.32 jockey John Velazquez had him in the lead by one length. Velazquez said, "As soon as he got out on the turn he got into a nice rhythm and I just let him do it. On the line I just kept him busy.

Palace Malice paid $2.10 and $2.10 to his supporters, which included over $594,000 of the $629,000 in the place pool.

Pletcher had a great day at Belmont as he also won the second and fourth races with Stonestreet Farms runners. The Westchester was carded as the third race. The winners paid $12.00, $2.10, and $4.60. The Todd, Todd, Todd pick 3 paid $26.40 for $2.

The Westchester was planned as Palace Malice’s prep race for the Met Mile, which is now part of the June 7 Belmont Stakes undercard.
"We'll talk to Mr. Campbell, but we came into today with the idea that if this went well we'd look at the Met Mile. He certainly ran well enough today to keep that as a top priority," said Pletcher. The grade one race will be run for a purse of $1,250,000. 


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Time has come today for Johnny Football "WOOF-WOOF"
Johnny Cleveland landed outside in the cold :(
I'm a Chambers Brothersian...
"No one can walk backwards into the future"ammino998. No, but one can walk forward into the past. That would depend on ones conception of time. See yah in a week. mmmm, my time or yours?
Knowing the horses by name is a big plus.
HDW not DTW...
So if DTW is wrong, a lot of folks are wrong. That’s when having your own #s pays. Home track advantage.
Speed figures are good, i would never play seriously without them. But there alaso comes a point where they have to be questioned. Common sense becomes your Sheppard. One must have a feel when they are comfortable with. Like any other tool,if you can get 65 % accuracy rate. You take it. Why more than 1 should always be used for comparison. Most important one. The person in the mirrors opinion.
HSH uses the data provider that about 10 other systems uses. Handicapper's Data Warehouse. It is NOT their data
I have only worked with two major systems but find the current one the surperior of the two. There are others that friends use with alacrity
If the variant is off, your data is off... suppose HSH has the best? :)
U r very sick,but creative. Please don't ask a question like that to Vic. Might have to give away his trade secrets that the Director taught him.
Amino ya or nay to the 2 Big bodies in Rd. 1.
Variants are crucial to speed/pace handicappers >> {}-_-{} No one can walk backwards into the future.
run on the beach UP the beach, then run down near the water. Same TYPE of surface, very different times. Such is the nature of race track composition. I watched the crew at Hastings bring in thousands of small long plastic strips which they plowed into the top layer during the rainy times in Spring and the Fall. The idea, given to the crew by a Santa Anita groundskeeper who was hired to help out, absorbed moisture within the structure of the soil so that it would not collect in little puddles on the surface. With the differennig challenges of the track here in Toronto, track maintenance director Irwin Dreidger uses differnt modes to modify and equalize the surfaces BUT horses create FAR different times upon surfaces that vary that much between one another.
Anthony,the same amount of time is given by me to the opinion of the wall that i am now looking at,as i do in Vics. I do believe in equal time.
inter-track variants and daily track variants are difficult to set up. Various services do them completely differently up to and including the ridiculous lenghts that the sheets use.
Sword the formula should in theory be the same for all races. I am not questioning if Pms' number is so called Valid. But the real question is ,how can a filly who was basically running 14 lengths slower than him now make up such ground and improve her speed figure to run that fast. My thought is that the race was not as fast as given. It was much lower and probably nearer to the figures that she was used to running,maybe a bit faster. This is not a knock on PM. Like i said before the race,if the other 3 colts ran a relay race they could not of beaten him. PM did not even break a sweat in the race. He was far from seriously asked to run.
ANYONE who does not evolve rapdily becomes out of date. Heraclitus "one can never step in the same river twice."

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