Derby Contenders

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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 4 2013 139th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 12 REPLAY
Apr 13 2013 Blue Grass Keeneland I 1 1/8 M 2 REPLAY
Feb 23 2013 Risen Star Fair Grounds II 1 1/16 M 3 REPLAY

Connections

Todd Pletcher

Trainer

Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and trained Rags to Riches to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2007 and Princess of Sylmar for win the 2013 Kentucky Oaks. He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010. He has trained multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank.

Mike Smith

Jockey

The son of a jockey, Smith, rode in his first race at age 11.  In 2005 Smith guided Giacomo to a win in the Kentucky Derby, and in 2013 rode Princess of Sylmar to victory in the Kentucky Oaks. He has won both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and 17 Breeders' Cup races, including three Classics. He has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, the  George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and was inducted in the the Hall of Fame in 2003. Mounts include: Azeri, Zenyatta, Holy Bull, Skip Away, Thunder Gulch, and Lure.

Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell)

Owner

Dogwood Stable was founded in Aiken, South Carolina in 1973 by Cot Campbell to allow people to participate in the racing world at an affordable cost. Dogwood Stables has had more than 75 stakes winners, six Kentucky Derby appearances, a Preakness winner with Summer Squall, six runners that were millionaires, and a Breeders’ Cup victory in 1996 with Storm Song. Dogwood Stables has won two Eclipse Awards with Inlander for Champion Steeplechase and with Storm Song as Outstanding Juvenile Filly. Top horses that have raced under Dogwood Stables banner include: Limehouse, Cotton Blossom, Trippi, and Smoke’n Frolic.

Pedigree

Palace Malice is bred to improve with maturity and added distance, so he's a solid candidate to excel at 1 1/4 miles. Moreover, as a May 2 foal with this type of pedigree, he's come to hand more quickly than might have been expected.

He is from the first crop of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who didn't even make it to the races until early in his three-year-old season. Curlin wasn't quite at his peak when third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, but he went on to take the Preakness, just missed in the Belmont, and ended the year with victories in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Breeders' Cup Classic.

Kept in training at four in 2008, Curlin captured the Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster, Woodward and his second straight Jockey Club Gold Cup. He retired as North America's highest-earning Thoroughbred with a bankroll worth $10.5 million.

Aside from Palace Malice, Curlin's first crop also includes Countess Curlin, winner of the Island Fashion at Sunland Park; Blue Violet, third in the Rachel Alexandra; Liberated, third in last fall's Golden Rod; and the well-regarded maiden winner Curly Top.

Palace Malice is the third registered foal from Palace Rumor, who landed the 2006 Audubon Oaks on turf. She has produced one other winner, the sprinter Lady June Bug.

Palace Rumor is by transatlantic turf star Royal Anthem, who like Curlin, didn't race until he was three. The winner of the 1 1/2-mile Canadian International and King Edward VII in 1998, he romped by eight lengths in the 1999 Juddmonte International at York, and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Turf. He concluded his career with a victory in the 1 3/8-mile Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup in 2000.

Royal Anthem's leading performer is turf marathoner Presious Passion, a flamboyant front runner and earner of$2.6 million. Presious Passion, who set three course records at Monmouth, was a two-time winner of the prestigious United Nations Stakes.

Palace Rumor's dam, the winning Red Ransom mare Whisperifyoudare, has also produced multiple stakes scorers Maya's Storm and Jumpifyoudare.

This is the family of Rail Trip, hero of the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup in track-record time for 1 1/4 miles.

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