USA: Palace Malice retired as comeback fails

Palace Malice - Saratoga Racecourse 27/07/13

Palace Malice: will stand at Three Chimneys Farm

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USA: Palace Malice, winner of the Belmont Stakes in 2013 and the Metropolitan Handicap last year, has been retired having failed to fire in two starts this year.

The five-year-old spent several months on the sidelines after his sixth in the Whitney last August, having been found to be suffering from a deep bone bruise in his left hind leg.

That injury prompted talk of retirement among his owners, but he returned to the track in May when third at Belmont in the Diablo Stakes before taking fourth in the Listed Alydar Stakes at Belmont earlier in the month.

Palace Malice will now stand at the stud of co-owners Three Chimneys Farm, and Cot Campbell president of fellow owners, Dogwood Stable, said: “It is with great disappointment that we announce the retirement of Palace Malice.

“He is the horse of a lifetime, who has brought our partners exciting memories that will live on forever. He did it all for us, winning a Classic and the Met Mile, and a whole lot more along the way.

“After getting a clean bill of health in November, subsequent to an uncharacteristic performance in the Whitney last year, I owed it to my partners and the fans to give it our best shot to see if we could bring (him) back in 2015. Despite our sporting effort, it was not meant to be.”

Palace Malice won seven times from 19 starts, with career earnings of nearly $2.7 million. His career highlight was his Belmont Stakes triumph where second and third places were filled by Oxbow and Orb, respective winners of the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby.

 

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