SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2nd year for Palace Malice starts in the middle of the gate in Saturday’s Jim Dandy Stakes.
The Belmont Stakes winner drew post 5 in the $ 600,000 occasion that is the local prep race for the $ one million Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24.
A field of ten three-year-olds entered the 11/8 mile contest in a bid to be named top three-yr outdated.
With diverse horses capturing each Triple Crown race, the division is up for grabs right after Orb took the Kentucky Derby and Oxbow gained the Preakness.
The Belmont was intended to be the rubber match amongst Orb and Oxbow, but Palace Malice conquer them each with a effective 31/four-duration score.
“I consider he gained a good deal of respect in the Belmont,” coach Todd Pletcher mentioned of Palace Malice, who was produced the 5-2 favorite. “People noticed in the Belmont what we had felt like was there all alongside. It just took a little time to occur to the leading. I think he’s acquired a lot of respect for that race and how he’s trained given that.”
Liberty Child, who stopped badly to 13th in the Belmont, drew put up 7 and was produced the 4-one 3rd choice.
“I think the quick pace and the opposition performed a huge part (in his Belmont failure),” mentioned Terry Finley, the President of West Stage Thoroughbreds, which owns Independence Child.
Following the Belmont Stakes, it was discovered that Freedom Little one experienced displaced his soft palate in his throat and experienced surgery to proper it.
“We’re hoping that is part of the puzzle,” Finley explained.
Liberty Kid entered the Belmont coming off a smashing 131/four-duration victory in the Might 11 Peter Pan Stakes.