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Aiken's Palace Malice to Run in Belmont Stakes

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Palace Malice will run in the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 8, and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride him, announced Cot Campbell, Dogwood president.

"The decision is based on the outcome of the Preakness, and the fact that on Sunday at Belmont Park our horse worked a very snappy half in :47.2, indicating good energy and enthusiasm. The blinkers that jazzed him up in the Kentucky Derby come off and we anticipate no problem with pace or distance. He always rated kindly in previous races, and he will be in good hands with Mike Smith," Campbell said.

"We are keen to give him another chance - his trainer Todd Pletcher included," explained Campbell. "Who knows which horse will relish a mile and a half; but his pedigree and his disposition - sans blinkers - would give Palace Malice as good a shot as any of them," he said.

Palace Malice was second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and third in the Grade 2 Risen Star. He has earnings of $271,135.

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