Palace Malice greeted his adoring public Thursday morning, working over the Aiken Training Track for a second time this week.
The bay colt – wearing his Belmont Stakes saddle cloth, with rider Gene Tucker up – embraced the cooler temperatures as he jogged over the red clay-based, sandy loam-cushioned track. But that will likely be the extent of his workouts while he’s in Aiken, as Palace Malice isn’t expected to breeze until he gets to Florida.
The winner of the 145th running of the third jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, will enjoy life at a much more relaxed pace while in Aiken at Legacy Stable. He’ll maintain his conditioning and fitness, while under the watchful eye of trainer Brad Stauffer.
“I don’t think we’ll breeze him here,” said Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president. “I’d like to send him there (Palm Meadows Training Center, Boynton Beach, Fla.) ready for a breeze. He’ll (Stauffer) train him three days a week. I’ll talk to Todd (Pletcher, Palace Malice’s trainer at the racetrack) soon, tell him what we’re doing, and see if he has any suggested changes.”
The 2013 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year, has flourished in his new surroundings, and Campbell said he’s been enthusiastic and willing while training. Palace Malice has also displayed a predilection for peppermints.
The millionaire, multiple graded stakes winner also offers his admirers copious amounts of personality, posing for pictures, and seemingly enjoys the attention that would make a Hollywood matinee idol envious. Palace Malice will leave for Florida on Jan. 8, 2014, said Campbell.
The colt will spend the better part of January, and the months of February and March at Palm Meadows Training Center, before making his 2014 debut in familiar surroundings.
“At the end of March, he’ll get on a plane and go to New Orleans (to run in the 1 1/8-mile, $400,00, Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap),” said Campbell.
Palace Malice’s 2014 itinerary will more than likely include starts in Kentucky and New York, and he’ll probably be pointed toward a race in the Bluegrass state after his start in the Crescent City.
“I would like to run him in Kentucky, either at Keeneland or Churchill Downs, to showcase him to the breeders up there,” said Campbell. “It will be a good reason to do it.”
(Staff photo by Ben Baugh The 2013 Aiken Trained Horse of the year Palace Malice, with Gene Tucker in the irons, worked Thursday morning over the Aiken Training Track.)
Article by Ben Baugh, Aiken Standard 11/14/13