Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Defeated Whitney favorite Palace Malice had his first workout since his loss in the stakes two weeks ago, but had blinkers on for the breeze.
Owned by Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice worked four furlongs in 48.90 seconds over Saratoga's main track.
"I galloped him in blinkers one day this week and we just wanted to see what kind of reaction we got,"trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He worked well, like he always does; I didn't see any difference with them.
"To me, the situation in the (Kentucky) Derby where he got rank with the blinkers didn't have that much to do with the blinkers. I think the sloppy track, the big crowd, and the way he was ridden from the gate were more the cause. I'm not ruling (blinkers) out, I'm not committing to them, but I liked the reaction we got with them."
Palace Malice finished a disappointing sixth in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap on August 2 as the 3-5 favorite. If everything goes according to plan the 4-year-old colt will start in the $600,000 Woodward at Saratoga on August 30.
Palace Malice won his first four starts this year. The colt began the year by winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 8 followed by a solid victory at Fair Grounds in the New Orleans Handicap three weeks later. He then claimed the Westchester Handicap at a mile by almost 10 lengths at Belmont on May 11. The colt decisively won the Met Mile on June 7 one year after taking the Belmont Stakes.
He has won seven of 17 career starts for $2,676,135.