The Aiken-based stable announced Monday that its 3-year-old colt will run in the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 8, and jockey Mike Smith will ride him.
Palace Malice bolted to the lead in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago before fading to 12th place. He sat out the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.
“The decision is based on the outcome of the Preakness, and the fact that on Sunday at Belmont Park our horse worked a very snappy half in :47.2, indicating good energy and enthusiasm,” Dogwood president Cot Campbell said in a prepared statement.
Campbell said that Palace Malice will not wear blinkers, as he did in the Derby.
“The blinkers that jazzed him up in the Kentucky Derby come off and we anticipate no problem with pace or distance,” Campbell said. “He always rated kindly in previous races, and he will be in good hands with Mike Smith.”
Orb won the Kentucky Derby, but was upset by Oxbow in Saturday’s Preakness.
“Who knows which horse will relish a mile and a half; but his pedigree and his disposition - sans blinkers - would give Palace Malice as good a shot as any of them,” Campbell said.
Palace Malice, trained by Todd Pletcher, was second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and third in the Grade 2 Risen Star. He has earnings of $271,135.