It was a frosty January morning in Aiken, South Carolina. My brother and sister-in-law, Don and Cindy Soule, invited us to go watch Palace Malice, the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, do his morning exercise at his stable. There were other nice looking horses with their trainers and jockeys sprinkling onto the track. Then Palace Malice made his appearance with his pace horse. Palace Malice’s jaunty stride and the flip of his head made us feel he knew we were there just to see him.
If he wasn’t being held back by the pace horse and trainer, he would have taken off at full speed right away. He seemed to be saying, “let me go, let me go”!
After pacing the track Palace Malice was ready for a little run. My husband, caught him with this short video.
We saw him at Dogwood Stables in Aiken, South Carolina. In 2014 he suffered bone bruising and his retirement was announced. After that a 50% share ownership was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm. Since then it has been announced that he would take time off for healing, but would possibly race again in 2015. After that he would be out to stud, and will be owned in full ownership by Three Chimneys Farm. His earnings so far are $2,686,135.
After watching Palace Malice we ate at the stables at the iconic Track Kitchen. They serve good breakfast food. But something unique is, you go into the kitchen to get your own coffee!