Dogwood Stable hopes Palace Malice is first Derby winner

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Tuesday April 23, 2013

Aiken, SC--There are very few blank spots on the resume of Dogwood Stable and owner Cot Campbell. In the world of horse racing, they've accomplished just about everything. One line lacking, a Kentucky Derby winner. They may have one of their best shots at it a week from Saturday.

Palace Malice marks Campell's eighth horse to run in the Derby and is one of his best chances to bring home the big prize. Palace Malice is coming off a solid Bluegrass Stakes in which he was nipped at the line. While the horse didn't win, the performance guaranteed it's spot in the Derby. Since being in Louisville the past week, the horse is full of energy.

"We've asked a lot of him this spring and but he's bounced out of every race in good shape." said Cot Campbell "He's a big strong, hardy invidivual and he's training like a house of fire now at Churchill Downs. He almost dumped his rider the other day and dragged his trainer half way back to the barn so there's no lack of energy there."

Legendary trainer Todd Pletcher has been working with Palace Malice and Mike Smith will top side for the ride. Campbell says the distance for the Derby is perfect for this horse and will likely wear blinkers to keep him just a little more focused, something that wained a bit at the end of the Bluegrass Stakes.