Jockey change for Palace Malice in the Breeder's Cup

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Wednesday October 2, 2013

Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will make his final start of 2013 in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, and will have a new rider—John Velazquez, it was announced by Dogwood president Cot Campbell.

“Mike Smith predictably will reunite with Game on Dude, probable Classic favorite, and his mount in five previous Graded stakes victories. We are sorry to lose him, as he has won the Belmont Stakes and the Jim Dandy, and was recently a good second on Palace Malice in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. But we are overjoyed to get another Hall of Fame rider in Johnny V. He’ll fit him like a glove,” Campbell said.

Palace Malice has been a steady competitor in 2013, with nine starts, two gigantic wins in the Belmont Stakes, the Jim Dandy, and seconds in the Blue Grass Stakes and against older horses in the Gold Cup., and a third in the Risen Star. He won a maiden race at Saratoga in August of 2012 and has gone on to earn $1,481,135, thriving on a busy schedule for trainer Todd Pletcher,” he said.

Campbell said Palace Malice would be shipped to Lexington after the Breeders’ Cup, get a routine physical with Dr. Robert Copelan, and then go into winter quarters at Dogwood’s barn in Aiken, South Carolina.

“We have heard from many breeders concerning his stallion career, but we are racing people and fully expect to race him next year,” Campbell said.

Palace Malice was bought as a two year old at Keeneland in April, 2012 by Campbell. The son of Curlin-Palace Rumor by Royal Anthem brought $200,000. He trained in Aiken for several months and then was sent to Pletcher, who has trained for Dogwood for 17 years.

“The city of Aiken—famous horse town that it is—has gone wild over the horse, and will be overjoyed to have him here at Brad Stauffer’s facility. We will set up guidelines so folks can see him train every other morning, and set a time when he will be grazed in the afternoon,” according to Campbell.