Palace Malice collared Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow on the way to a convincing three length victory in the G1 Belmont Stakes (2400m) on Saturday.
The result means that a different horse won each leg of the USA Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby winner Orb rallied from the back in the field to complete the placings in New York. Incognito, the only horse in the field that raced without the anti-bleeding medication Lasix, finished fourth.
Palace Malice is a first-crop son of Horse of the Year Curlin from the Royal Anthem mare Palace Rumor. Lane’s End Farm sold him for $200,000 at the 2012 Keeneland April 2YO Sale.
Lane’s End has now sold seven winners of the Belmont Stakes: Bet Twice, A P Indy, Lemon Drop Kid, Jazil, Thunder Gulch, Rags to Riches and Palace Malice. Trainer Todd Pletcher entered a record five horses in this year’s Belmont and was clearly pleased by the result. “It’s huge,” said Pletcher. “We always felt he had a big win in him. He just needed to put it all together.”
Palace Malice broke his maiden at Saratoga last August but had failed to salute again in five subsequent starts. The closest he came was a neck second to Java’s War in the G1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.