Palace Malice (foaled May 2, 2010) is an American thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2013 Belmont Stakes.
|Foaled||May 2, 2010|
Palace Malice is a dark bay horse with a small star and is 16 hands tall. He was bred in Kentucky by W.S. Farish. He is from the first crop of foals sired by the 2007 Preakness Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Curlin. His dam, Palace Rumour, won the 2006 Audubon Oaks and is a half-sister to Maya's Storm and Jumpifyoudare. Palace Malice is her only stakes winner.
Palace Malice broke his maiden at Belmont Park on August 4, 2012, the first of Curlin's offspring in the United States to win a race.
Palace Malice began his three-year-old career at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.In the Risen Star Stakes on February 23, 2013, he finished a nose ahead of Oxbow when taking third place behind I've Struck A Nerve and Code West. At the same course five weeks later he started second favorite for the Louisiana Derby but fnished seventh of the fourteen runners behind Revolutionary. On April 13, he contested in the Blue Grass Stakes on the polytrack surface at Keeneland. He tracked the leaders before taking the lead 120 yards from the finish but was caught in the last strides and beaten by a neck by Java's War.
Palace Malice was one of 19 colts to contest the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in which he was ridden by 47-year-old-veteran Mike E. Smith and started at odds of 23.7/1. He took the lead from the start and led a very fast pace, the second fastest initial quarter-and half-miles in Derby history, a pace described as "suicidal", and attributed to the decision to put blinkers on him for the first time. He was overtaken in the straight and dropped back through the field to finish in 12th place behind winner Orb.
On June 8, 2013, ridden again by Smith, started at odds of 13.8/1 for the Belmont Stakes. Smith tracked across from a wide draw to position the colt behind the leaders as Frac Daddy set a fast early pace. Oxbow went to the front at halfway but the Preakness winner was overtaken by Palace Malice on the turn into the straight. Palace Malice drew clear in the last quarter mile to win by three and a quarter lengths from Oxbow, with Orb in third. Palace Malice prepped for the Travers Stakes with a run in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on July 27. Starting the 27/20 favorite, he took the lead in the straight and won by a length from Will Take Charge.