Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Aiken--- Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, will launch his 2014 campaign in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 8, according to Dogwood president Cot Campbell.
“This mile race is a logical debut for the colt, who wintered in Aiken and seemed to thrive on it. We shipped him to Todd Pletcher on January 7, and he has been pleased with his progress. He has several five-eighths under his belt, and Todd says he is as enthusiastic as ever.” Campbell said.
“We are looking at the New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds on March 29, so this race is an ideal prep. We considered going to New Orleans for the Mineshaft Stakes on February 22, but that would have necessitated two trips. More time and staying home makes more sense.
“We are delighted to have John Velasquez committed to him. John was due to ride him for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but went down earlier in the day.