Thursday, March 6, 2014
Aiken, SC -- Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, launches his 2014 campaign Saturday in the Gulfstream Park Handicap and the stable has committed to donate one percent of future graded stakes wins to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, it was announced by Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president.
“What better cause than Grayson, whose research is vital to improving the health and welfare of horses? The breed has benefitted enormously through the vigorous efforts of this division of the Jockey Club. Any successful racehorse outfit owes a debt to Grayson, and we hope to strike a significant blow toward it in the coming year. And whatever it may be is not enough,” Campbell said.
“This sort of percentage commitment of a horse’s earnings has been done by a few others in the past, and it should catch on as a logical procedure for the future. I hope more and more owners will consider it. It could get to be a truly significant funding factor for Grayson. Predictably, our partners are enthusiastic about our pledge," he said.
Dogwood said the 4-year-old Palace Malice, with lifetime earnings of $1,481,252, is looking at a 2014 campaign of ten to twelve races, culminating hopefully in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has always been grateful for the support we have received from Dogwood Stable,” said Foundation president Edward L. Bowen. “The pledge from graded stakes wins by Palace Malice is a major help to us, not only in the anticipated funding but in helping focus attention on how the Foundation works on behalf of the horse and horsemen.”