Antonino Miuccio’s Palace accelerated through an opening along the inside in
A New York-bred son of City Zip, Palace recorded his first graded victory
He staked a strong claim as the top sprinter on the East Coast Saturday.
“(Palace) is a really talented horse, and when he is good I need to use him
“I think my horse is the best sprinting horse (in the country) now,”
Palace broke alertly from post No. 6 and settled just off the leaders in
third as Zee Bros sprinted forward to show the way during the early stages,
recording splits in :22 2/5 and :45 1/5 as Weekend Hideaway chased in second
down the backstretch. Palace advanced into contention rounding the far turn
while in the two path.
Zee Bros drifted out a little turning for home, leaving room along the rail,
and Velasquez guided his mount toward the opening. Palace rallied to the lead
with a little more than a furlong remaining, passing the six-furlong mark in
1:09 with a half-length advantage, and he quickly opened up on a pack of rivals.
The winner strolled home much the best, completing seven furlongs in 1:21 4/5
on the fast track, and Palace paid $10.60 for the victory as the 4-1 second
“I wanted to break good and stay in good position behind the speed,”
Velasquez said. “I had a lot of horse. When the opening came, I was in good
Big Business got up for second at 20-1, a neck better than the late-running
Vyjack in third. It was another length to the deep-closing Capo Bastone, who
edged Sensational Slam by a neck for fourth.
Weekend Hideaway wound up sixth and was followed under the wire by Zee Bros,
4-5 favorite Clearly Now and Confrontation. Falling Sky was scratched.
Palace increased his bankroll to $1,309,550 from a 21-11-5-2 ledger.
He earned his first stakes win over restricted foes at Saratoga last year,
taking the Chowder’s First, and followed that with another win over New York-breds
in the Hudson. After a third straight tally in the aforementioned Grade 3 Fall
Highweight, Palace concluded 2013 with a runner-up in the Gravesend.
Palace opened this year with a second in the Gold and Roses at Aqueduct and
earned a vacation after a fourth in the Grade 3 General George at Laurel in
“He’s such a special horse, and Miuccio has allowed me to stop on him, turn
him out, and give him a break whenever he needs it, and it’s obviously paid
off,” Rice said.
The Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1 at Santa Anita is a
logical target for the surging sprinter.
Bred by the Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust, Palace sold for $160,000 as an
OBS March selected
two-year-old in training. He is out of the winning End Sweep mare Receivership,
making him a half-brother to stakes-placed Retreiver. His second dam is Grade
2-placed Alarming Prospect, who produced Receivership’s Grade 2-scoring
half-sister, French Park.