Race of the Week 2017

Palace Malice out to prove the Belmont was no fluke


Win one big race, and people want and expect you to win another. It’s only human nature. Six weeks ago, at Belmont Park, Dogwood Stables’ Palace Malice won a very big race. Passing  the Test of Champions in convincing fashion, the attractive son of Curlin thrust his name into the ring as one of the leaders of America's glamour division. Long considered a horse with great promise and potential, Palace Malice 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 Todd Pletcher trained colt since his debut at Belmont Park last summer.

This is all well and good, but between his maiden win nearly a year ago, and his big score in the Belmont, Palace Malice had won a grand total of zero times. Still eligible for non winners of two other than, he needs to win again to prove that he is more than a one-hit wonder. Like so Belmont winners of recent years, if he is unable to build upon that win, he will quickly be labeled as another post-Belmont failure. The truth as of today, recency aside, is that Orb, and then Oxbow still would be considered the leaders of the three-year-old male division. That is, until some other horse can take it away from them. The good news for his fans is Palace Malice is the closest to doing so, and may be the one best equipped to get the job done.

A May foal, Palace Malice still has room for improvement. Keep in mind that before the Belmont, railbirds, including his own trainer, noted that he was flourishing in his morning works. That trend has continued upstate. It certainly looks that like the colt who was loaded down with excuses in five consecutive losses, has turned the corner, and is now ready to assume the role of a top class runner. He will get the chance to demonstrate this, as well as, validate his Belmont win, in Saturday’s Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. A win at the track where he is perfect in one start, and Palace Malice becomes a legitimate threat to ultimately finish the year with a championship.

The Jim Dandy looks like anything but easy pickings for the Belmont winner, though. Graded stakes winners Vyjack, Code West, Freedom Child, Will Take Charge, Looking Cool, and Moreno all should be in the Jim Dandy starting gate. Of the six, three have Triple Crown experience, and the other three are coming in directly off a graded stakes win. It could be the non-stakes winner of the bunch, though, who has the best opportunity to knock off Palace Malice on Saturday. Mylute, may have only finished fifth in the Derby and third in the Preakness,  but the performances were strong enough to say he was as good as anyone in the two races combined. Throw in a narrow loss in the Louisiana Derby, and the son of Midnight Lute has run three bang-up races in a row.

The Jim Dandy, Saratoga’s prep for the $1 million Midsummer Derby, is clearly coming up strong with as many as eight horses seemingly having the credentials to get the job done on Saturday. I usually don’t like the Belmont winner in this spot, but this year is different. I believe that Palace Malice has gotten this good, and he will head to the Travers as a whole lot more than a one-hit wonder. 


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yuch at your rate, iam all ears my friend.you are on fire. kick ass and enjoy it.strike while the iron is hot.to bad the San Diego field is so small.i doubt there is value.but hell,who am i to judge.you nailed it in a 5 horse field in the dianna.again nice job.
The Diana and Del Mar R4 saved me today. Will be looking at the odds in the San Diego--think there is money to be made there too.
yuch,congratulations in the Dianna.i hope you scored out so good that you are not laughing,you are cracking up. nice pick,helped me a little.threw it in the P3 and P4 gimmicks. cheers my friend
Even though I did not win, I thoroughly enjoyed watching PM romp!
What Brian said, but also adding Basharr...
Going with a Palace Malice - Perfect Title exacta in the Jim Dandy.
Belmont Stakes winner, Palace Malice, drew the 5-hole, and was installed as the 5-2 ML favorite against nine others in the Jim Dandy.
I did note with rare exception and of course she topped the recent list as I have always maintained "She just should not be." Reminded me of an old Hastings queen Delta Colleen who ran the same upside down way and lucky enough to have taped two of early from the clouds wins
Unless you're talking about Zenyatta. Pace scenarios meant squat to her.
horses dont beat horses, pace scenarios do was the proper way to say it
Thoroughbreds style once established in their three year old season, really doesn't change...They only meet differing flavors and combinations of like and differeing pace pressures down the line....The specific horse cannot change its spots that much (IF you can like a Forego you become a champion) and has to be up against whatever pace combination a field accumulates against him/her...I contend and have for a long time now that HORSES don't be horses, PACE scenarios DO
If you're paying ANY attention you'd be aware of PM's game plan.
breezes are simly exercise on a lower setting, and BY THEMSELVES, mean no more than a horse yawning
tell us all pray tell, about workouts....if YOU are not part of their long term game plan, YOU have NO idea what significance any of them have other than what they are: SIMPLE EXERCISE
But I do write notes in ENGLISH...What is the breeze??
But I do write notes in ENGLISH...What is the breeze??
I'm behind Palace Malice 100%, I hope he runs really big!
travel_vic, if i could disagree with you more than 100% I would. Lots to be learned from the breeze, you just elect to not pay attention.

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