Palace Malice is undefeated in 2014 with four wins in as many starts.
Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) -
Leading thoroughbred Palace Malice and champion colt Will Take Charge renew their rivalry, along with seven other horses, in Saturday's $1.5 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
Part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" program, a victory in the 1 1/8- mile Whitney guarantees a place for the winner in this November's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
Palace Malice, the even-money favorite for the Whitney, and Will Take Charge, the 4-1 second pick, have faced each other several times, most notably last year at Saratoga as 3-year-olds.
In 2013 at Saratoga, Palace Malice won the Jim Dandy Stakes with Will Take Charge a length behind in second and four weeks later in the Travers it was Will Take Charge winning as Palace Malice finished fourth. . Trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice will start from post 5 with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The 4-year-colt currently leads the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll.
Whitney to offer rivalry renewal
By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
There's no Eclipse Award specifically for 4-year-olds, but if there were the division title could well be determined with the running of Saturday's Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.
Of the nine horses entered in the $1.5 million, 1 1/8-mile Whitney six are 4- year-olds led by Eclipse Award winner Will Take Charge and current leading thoroughbred Palace Malice.
Palace Malice comes into the Whitney sporting an undefeated record from four starts this season and was rightly pronounced the even-money favorite when the post positions were drawn Wednesday.