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Breeders' Cup 2017

It's Clobberin' Time for Palace Malice


Growing up, I was always more of an Amazing Spider-Man guy than say, Superman or Batman, and frankly, The Fantastic 4 was little more than an afterthought. Not that they didn’t have a cool cast of characters, but they were simply down my list of preferred superheroes. Honestly, the only thing that has stuck with me from the eclectic foursome is the tagline of the big, brawny Thing. “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” It was a statement both succinct and full of meaning. When Thing said those words, you knew his foes were about to feel his wrath in a big way. All this leads me to what I believe is about to go down in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. I could just see Palace Malice walking into the starting gate now at Belmont Park saying those exact words.

Big respect for the talented speed of Cross Traffic, the Gold Cup record of the Baron of Belmont, the consistency of Last Gunfighter, the multiple stakes wins of Alpha and Ron the Greek, and of course, the Derby winner, Orb, but for me, this one all boils down to Palace Malice.

From the day the beautiful son of Curlin first made it to the races, July 5 of last year, when he ran a good second in a sizzling maiden race at Belmont, much has been expected of the Dogwood runner. He has delivered. Wins in the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy are proof of that, but still, I believe we have not yet gotten to the bottom of what Palace Malice, the racehorse, will become.

Perhaps it is checkered career of just three wins in ten career starts. Truth be told, this Todd Pletcher trainee has run into more bad beats than a down on his luck professional poker player. Or perhaps it is his relative youth when compared to the nation’s other top three-year-olds. The talent was always there, but the big wins were not. That is, until Belmont Day.

Noted for his flourishing physicality, and his positive presence in the mornings leading up to the Belmont by railbirds, and his trainer alike, Palace Malice finally lived up to all his potential on a very big stage. The formerly bad luck colt won the Belmont Stakes like a very good thing. The 3 ¼ length score in the longest leg of the Triple Crown was proof to his supporters of his ability, and came as no big surprise to those who believed in the apple of Cot Campbell’s eye since that debut at Belmont Park the previous summer.

If the Belmont was a breakthrough, the Jim Dandy was validation. Taking the race right to his competition early and often, Palace Malice always looked like a winner as he was ridden with complete confidence by Mike Smith. He had Moreno measured early and was strong for Will Take Charge’s late thrust. He became a millionaire that day, and the quality of the performance, in which he blitzed the nine furlongs in 1:47.37, was further authenticated by the Travers and Pennsylvania Derby finishes of Will Take Charge and Moreno since. Unfortunately, there is only one problem with that for Palace Malice, in that he was one of the horses they beat in the Travers.

Or at least that is what the past performance line says … Palace Malice finished 4th, beaten ¾ of a length in the MidSummer Derby. Those of us who believe in him maintain that a stumble at the gate, being much farther back early than usual, while behind a pedestrian pace, and having his momentum briefly interrupted in the lane, all adds up to much more than the less than a length in which he was beaten. Believe that as we may, for the May foal, it was another excused performance rather than a win. The time for excuses is now over. Palace Malice has turned the corner, and must now demonstrate that he is not only ready to assume the role of leader of this crop, but also that he is ready to handle a fine field of older runners, as well. 

Ten furlongs at Belmont Park would seem to fit him to a tee, and everything we’ve seen in the last one year plus seems to be leading up to this. If Palace Malice has indeed become the horse I think he’s become … “It’s Clobberin’ Time!”  


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i guess fumbles,interceptions and dropped passes are out(LOL) GOOD LUCK.
It's easier to be cocky about a football game than it is to be cocky about a horse race. So much can go wrong (or right in the case of a longshot) that literally anything could happen. Add in a race where any number of horses could legitimately win, and yea...Anyway. Flat Out. Plain and simple. He runs this thing.
Like i told you about your article,as long as you stay true to yourself.That is all that can be expected.But common Florida,you know that sometimes the cocliness will come out.But if CT does not win the Cup.I sure hope you are right.He is the only other horse i will be using on my major P4 tickets. As Amino SAYS.i WILL Dutch the Cup on 1 of my tickets the entire field.But that will not be a deep ticket early.Flat Out was very good to me last year with that late surge.I am very loyal to horses that treat me good.Again good luck and enjoy the races from the Country.Enjoy.
You're not going to get any NY cockiness from me. I'm just a down home country girl...nowhere near NY! BUT I do stick by my choice Flat Out.
I think if he can beat Orb he will win
Oh I know :P
NYC slang
Sherlock? lmao.
Wrong again Sherlock,abbi is now my pal .She would never turn on me.Idle threats
tm- You betcha ;) But! I'll send Abbi after you as my artillery.
Love seeing everyone either sticking with PM or going against him pretty hard. I can't argue the ML odds favoring CT and FO but if anyone gets em i think it will be Alpha
Florida,not my definition of NY swagger cockiness ,but i will accept.To be truthful, he is my 2nd choice.Not only because he stacks up very good.But he has alraedy beaten my boyCt.The real reason is that if i say anything negative, pal sSilence will come after me with all her artilliry. Regardless of who my key is ,i am usually a P4 player and use all contenders on a small ticket. I am looking to be alive going into the cup,with hopefully some nice prices.Then even if the dreaded Palice Malice wins,i can smile.
Since you're twisting my arm, I have to go with Flat Out. I believe he's tactical enough to be up close to CT if the pace is reasonable or be a little bit further off the pace if there does end up being a dog fight on the front end. Add in his love for the track, race, and distance, and it is really hard to go against him.
Thank you,but it is the truth.I always laugh(not maliciously) but maybe my up bringing in the game as a kid.When i hear someone say,i am betting "X" and rooting for "Y'.Like i tell people,it is irrelevant if you bet $2,$5,$100 0r $1000 dollars.Always respect your investment. Bad habits can start early.So tell me Florida,forget who your rooting interest is in the Cup.Who is your slam Dunk Winner. Common there is a little cockines in all of us.Just more in others.
I agree, Brian. Deep down, honestly, I had doubts about Palace Malice in the Bluegrass Stakes (is he really the horse I think he is? and Jim Dandy (is he just another Belmont fluke?). However, I truly felt strongly about him in the Belmont (which is evidented by my posts leading up to the race). I feel very strongly about him in the JCGC. I would not be shocked if he loses, I think Flat Out and others can dethrone him, but I would be ASTONISHED if he wasn't around at the end. Win or lose, I think he'll be there in the stretch. I think he'll win.
Haha Tom :-) That gets a big "like" in my book for honesty and a giggle.
That is all anyone can ask for Ruffian,the best horse to win. Like i said earlier.When it comes to that,i get a little selfish and want my bankroll to increase.the same thoughts i am sure are with the fellow players.
Glad to see someone else besides myself is intrigued by Vitoria Olimpica, Matt. If the pace plays the way I think it will, Palace Malice and Flat Out will be the ones that benefit the most.
Lol mallios. And dressage then one of us is sure to be surprised come Saturday! May the best horse win
Enough already Ruffian, you sound like someone after my own heart. you had me at your post on the other thread.I would like to say,grat minds think alike.But if i did,many would think i am more arrogant than i am being given credit for. Keep em coming.

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