Palace Malice

Palace Malice

Curlin - Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem  ·  Stud Fee: $15,000 S&N  ·  Height: 16.1 ½

"He was the most versatile horse I have ever trained, and one of the best."
—Todd Pletcher

First-crop results led by CRYSTALLE, winner of the $100,000 P. G. Johnson S. at Saratoga, Spitefulness, runner-up in the Arlington-Washington Lassie S., Talkin Malice, winner of the Prairie Meadows Juvenile S.LETSSTAYPOSITIVE, debut winner of a Keeneland MdSpWt by four lengths.

First 2YOs in 2019 sold for $850,000 (co-highest-price by a freshman sire at OBS March), $550,000$220,000$200,000€180,000 at Arqana ($202,230), $170,000, $165,000, etc. Second-crop yearlings of $300,000, $150,000, $100,000, etc. 

First yearlings in 2018 brought $275,000, $270,000, $270,000$250,000, $225,000, $150,000, etc. 

A top 10 freshman yearling sire by average — $74,644

Leading Freshman Sire of 2018 Fasig-Tipton July Sale (with two or more horses sold): $187,500 average

First weanlings in 2017 included a $185,000 colt and a $110,000 filly

Covered 275 mares in his first two books combined (2016-17)

2014 Eclipse Award Finalist

Amazingly versatile dual G1 winner of the Belmont S. and Met Mile 

6-time Graded stakes winner of $2,691,135

The first Belmont winner in more than 30 years to win the Met Mile as well

The only older male of 2014 to win four consecutive Graded stakes on the dirt

The HIGHEST Beyer of 2014 up to a mile, and the HIGHEST of 2014 at 1 1/8 miles

Posted 8 consecutive triple-digit Beyers

Graded Stakes Wins:
$1,250,000 Metropolitan H. (G1)
$1,000,000 Belmont S. (G1)
$600,000 Jim Dandy S. (G2)
$388,000 New Orleans H. (G2)
$250,000 Gulfstream Park H. (G2)
$142,500 Westchester S. (G3)

 CURLIN's best son

Out of a stakes-winning $1.1 million sales mare

Bred on a similar pattern as English Channel (Sire of 15 GSWs)

Palace Malice
Ice Princess scampered away from her foes over the sloppy going at Belmont Park to break her maiden by a eye-opening 12 lengths on Sept. 6...

Structor kicked off the Saturday card at Saratoga with a commanding performance in a 1 1/16-mile turf maiden special weight for 2-year-olds...

Crystalle rallied from last at the top of the stretch to win Saratoga's $100,000 P. G. Johnson S. on Thursday to become Palace Malice's first stakes winner...

Striking Moon strode clear in the final furlong to break his maiden by four lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race...

Palace Malice now has seven winners from his first crop, third-most among all Freshman Sires, after Addilyn scored a two-length victory...

Talkin Malice rallied strongly in the final three furlongs to win the $65,000 Prairie Meadows Juvenile on Saturday evening to become the first stakes winner for First-Crop sire Palace Malice...

First-Crop sire Palace Malice chalked up his fourth juvenile winner on July 9 at Presque Isle Downs when Spitefulness...

Palace Malice got off to a terrific start with his runners on Thursday when his very first starter Letsstaypositive scored a decisive four-length win...

A colt from the first crop of Palace Malice was secured for $550,000 by Eclipse Thoroughbreds' Aron Wellman during Wednesday's session of the OBS Spring Sale...

Palace Malice's juveniles made an incredible impression at the March 12-13 OBS 2-year-olds in Training Sale, topped by an $850,000 colt ...
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Age Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
2 2 1 1 0 $62,000
3 10 2 (2) 3 (2) 1 (1) $1,419,135
4 5 4 (4) 0 0 $1,195,000
5 2 0 0 1 (1) $15,000
  19 7 (6) 4 (2) 2 (2) $2,691,135

At 2: Won

  • A maiden special weight at Saratoga (6.5f in 1:16.48, by 3 ½ lengths, defeating Apex, Hightail, Thane, Flying Bird, etc.)

At 2: 2nd

  • A maiden special weight at Belmont (5f in :56.62, by ½ length to Carried Interest, defeating Horsepower, Coolusive, Translation, Zaccheus, etc.)

At 3: Won

  • Eclipse Award Finalist as Champion three-year-old

At 3: Won

  • Belmont S. at Belmont (G1, 12f in 2:30.70, by 3 ¼ lengths, defeating Oxbow, Orb, Incognito, Revolutionary, Unlimited Budget, Overanalyze, Vyjack, Golden Soul, Will Take Charge, Freedom Child, etc.). [WATCH RACE]
  • Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga (G2, 9f in 1:47.37, defeating Will Take Charge, Moreno, Bashaar, Code West, Looking Cool, Perfect Title, Mylute, Freedom Child). 107 Beyer [WATCH RACE]

At 3: 2nd

  • Jockey Club Gold Cup Inv. at Belmont (G1, 10f, to Ron the Greek, defeating Flat Out, Alpha, Cross Traffic, Orb, etc.).
  • Blue Grass S. at Keeneland (G1, 9f, by a neck to Java's War, defeating Charming Kitten, Rydilluc, Fear the Kitten, Balance the Books, Uncaptured, Dynamic Sky, Channel Isle, etc.)
  • An allowance at Gulfstream (7f, sloppy track, to Majestic Hussar, defeating City of Weston, Road Agent, All Keyed Up, etc.)

At 3: 3rd

  • Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds (G2, 8.5f, by a nose and ½ to I've Struck a Nerve, Code West, defeating Oxbow, Normandy Invasion, Golden Soul, Mylute, etc.)

At 4: Won

  • Metropolitan H. at Belmont (G1, 8f in 1:33.56, topweighted, defeating Goldencents, Shakin It Up, Vyjack, Moreno, Capo Bastone, etc.). 112 Beyer, 2nd best of year at a mile [WATCH RACE]
  • New Orleans H. at Fair Grounds(G2, 9f in 1:48.93, topweighted, by 4 ¾ lengths, defeating Normandy Invasion, Sunbeam, Fordubai, Golden Soul, Bradester). 114 Beyer, Best of year at 9f [WATCH RACE
  • Gulfstream Park H. at Gulfstream (G2, 8f in 1:33.80, topweighted, defeating Golden Ticket, Uncaptured, Itsmyluckyday, Narvaez, Sr. Quisqueyano, Falling Sky). 103 Beyer [WATCH RACE]
  • Westchester S. at Belmont (G3, 8f in 1:35.53, by 9 ¾ lengths, topweighted, defeating Declan's Warrior, I'm Steppin It Up, Red Rifle). 114 Beyer, best of year up to a mile [WATCH RACE]

At 5: 3rd

  • Diablo S. at Belmont (6f, to Stallwalkin' Dude, Clearly Now, defeating Doubledown Again, Piquant)
Palace Malice

Palace Malice - Progeny


By Alan Porter

“With victories in the Belmont Stakes (G1) – in which he defeated the winners of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) – and Metropolitan Handicap (G1) among his six graded stakes triumphs, Palace Malice has strong claims to be regarded as the most versatile top level dirt performer of his crop. 

Palace Malice is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, now emerging as one of America’s most important young sires, and is bred on a very similar cross to outstanding young sire English Channel.”

Curlin is out of a mare by Deputy Minister, a broodmare sire who worked very well under Curlin’s sire, Smart Strike. Breeding Curlin back over Deputy Minister line mares has proved to work well providing Travers Stakes (G1) winner Keen Ice out of a mare by Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), multiple grade one winner Curalina out of a mare by Graeme Hall (by Dehere), and a stakes winner out of a mare by Silver Deputy (sire of Posse). English Channel sired Travers Stakes (G1) victor V. E. Day and graded stakes winner Blueskiesandrainbows out of mares by Deputy Minister himself.  Other sources of Deputy Minister include Touch Gold, Deputy Commander, Salt Lake and French Deputy.

Another very strong cross for Smart Strike has been with Northern Dancer through Danzig, which for Curlin has supplied Champion Good Magic out of a mare by Hard Spun, a graded winner out of a mare by Polish Numbers, stakes winners from daughters of Ascot Knight, Pine Bluff and Foxhound, and for English Channel, a stakes winner out of a mare by Langfuhr. This would also invite daughters of Belong to Me (broodmare sire of Smart Strike’s Champion Lookin At Lucky), Chief’s Crown (sire of Concerto; grandsire of Bellamy Road), Boundary, Dayjur, Honor Grades, Exchange Rate, Hard Spun and War Front.

Curlin has already developed a strong affinity for Storm Cat line mares, including graded scorers Diversy Harbor and Current and classic placed Ride on Curlin out of mares by Storm Cat himself, graded stakes winner Ocean Knight out of a mare by Stormy Atlantic (who should be a particularly good fit here), graded winner King Zachary out of a mare Giant’s Causeway (brother to Freud and the sire of First Samurai), and stakes winner Theogany from a Tale of the Cat mare. There are also Smart Strike stakes winners out of mares by Storm Cat sons Mountain Cat and Storm Creek, inviting daughters of such as Tabasco Cat, Forest Wildcat, Berstein, Cat Thief, Forestry, Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Sir Cat, Storm Boot and Tactical Cat.

Storm Cat is a son of Storm Bird, and that horse’s genetic relative Nijinsky II has also worked well under Smart Strike, including grade one winner Interpol by English Channel out of a mare by Strawberry Road, stakes winner Ann of the Dance by English Channel out of a mare by Winning, and classic winner Breaking Lucky out of a mare by Sky Classic (giving inbreeding to the family of Smart Strike). Consider also daughters of Royal Academy (a close relative to Storm Cat), Shadeed, Alydeed, Seattle Dancer and Sword Dance.

Palace Malice is out of mare from the male line of Nureyev, a three-quarters brother to Sadler’s Wells. Combining Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells has often worked well, and the similarly-bred English Channel has sired grade two grade one winners out of mares by Horse Chestnut (by Sadler’s Wells son, Fort Wood), a multiple graded stakes winner out of a mare by Sadler’s Wells son, King of Kings, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Kitten’s Joy (by El Prado, also sire of Medaglia d’Oro and Artie Schiller). 

Smart Strike crossed very well with mares by Wild Again (by Northern Dancer’s three-quarters relative, Icecapade), and Curlin has stakes winner Stopshoppingdebbie out of a mare by that horse. Palace Malice could also be tried with mares by Wild Again sons, such as Wild Rush or Milwaukee Brew.

Both Curlin and English Channel have shown an affinity for mares from the line of Seattle Slew. English Channel graded stakes winner Skyring is out of a mare by Seattle Slew himself, and he has multiple graded stakes winner Optimizer out of a mare by A.P. Indy. Curlin’s Champion Stellar Wind is out of a mare by A.P. Indy son, Malibu Moon, which suggests mares by such as Mineshaft, Pulpit (sire of Sky Mesa, Stroll and Tapit – himself broodmare sire of a Curlin graded winner, and available through Tapizar, Concord Point and Trappe Shot), Congrats, Flatter, Golden Missile, Old Trieste, Jump Start and Stephen Got Even. Curlin’s juvenile grade winner Exaggerator is out of a mare by Seattle Slew son Vindication; his grade two winner Moulin de Mougin is out of a daughter of Avenue of Flags; and two-year-old graded scorer Off the Tracks is out of a mare by Boston Harbor, by Seattle Slew son Capote

English Channel’s grade one winner The Pizza Man is out of a mare by Lear Fan (who should be excellent here), a son of Roberto.  The Roberto strain might also be introduced through Dynaformer, Silver Hawk  and Kris S. (sire of Arch, Prized, You and I and Rock Hard Ten). From Caro line mares, English Channel has sired a graded stakes winner out of a mare by With Approval (sire of Lasting Approval); English Channel also has a graded winner out of a mare by Cozzene; and there are three stakes winners on Smart Strike cross with mares from the In Excess branch, which can be found through Indian Charlie and his son, Uncle Mo. We can also note that Smart Strike has sired grade one winner Furthest Land from a daughter of Rahy, the same horse being broodmare sire of English Channel’s $2,000,000 winner Parranda.

Palace Malice

Palace Malice


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  • Palace Rumor
  • Stud Fee: $15,000 S&N
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