Good news! 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice, whose campaign thus far this season has been interrupted and delayed by injuries, is scheduled to return to the races on August 9th in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes at Saratoga.
The nine-furlong race has drawn an exceptionally deep and talented field of twelve horses, and Palace Malice has drawn post position six. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the son of Curlin has only run once this year, finishing third in the six-furlong Diablo Stakes at Belmont on May 10th after missing some training due to a foot bruise. An infected tendon sheath subsequently sent Palace Malice to the sidelines, but he has been training sharply at Saratoga for his return, most recently breezing a bullet five furlongs in :59.30 on August 2nd.
The complete entries for the Alydar Stakes are as follows:
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1 Bay of Plenty, Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin
2 Noble Moon, Kendrick Carmouche, Leah Gyarmati
3 Neck ‘n Neck, Julien Leparoux, Ian Wilkes
4 Empire Dreams, Manuel Franco, Tom Albertrani
5 Golden Ticket, Corey Lanerie, Kenny McPeek
6 Palace Malice, John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher
7 Souper Lucky, Luis Saez, Michael Trombetta
8 C J’s Awesome, Edgar Prado, Kenny McPeek
9 Mexikoma, Jose Lezcano, Michael Dilger
10 Dream Saturday, Jose Ortiz, Michelle Nevin
11 Mylute, Javier Castellano, Todd Pletcher
12 Matrooh, Irad Ortiz Jr., Chad Brown