Palace Malice’s versatility enhances stallion value
|By Ben Baugh, Aiken Standard, S.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice has won at distances between 6 1/2 furlongs and 1 1/2 -miles. The 2013 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year became the
But how does this enhance his potential value as a stallion? Dogwood Stable's President Cot Campbell has received calls from six of the nation's leading stallion stations inquiring about whether or not they could buy into the horse, or if the partnership would be interested in standing the Grade 1 winning millionaire at their facility.
"I said no, 'I don't want to discuss that now,'" said
Interest more than likely increased in Palace Malice as a stallion prospect after his 9 3/4 -length victory in the Westchester Handicap, which will more than likely make him the favorite for the
"It's a magic race, and it's super magic when it's part of the Belmont Stakes day card," said
Palace Malice is a son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, and his three consecutive graded stakes victories in 2014 have his potential value at an all-time high, said
"We have him insured for several million, which is not enough, but from an insurance standpoint, it's as much as we want to do," said
A horse's value at a Thoroughbred breeding operation is based on what the stud fee would be for that particular stallion prospect.
"Here's a horse that right now, could stand for
Palace Malice is sound and healthy and the intention is to race him through 2014. If the colt remains sound, the stallion prospect will be evaluated in the fall to see if enthusiasm for racing is at the same level. Several scenarios will be explored including the possibility of selling the horse to a farm outright, or possibly a piece of the horse to a stallion station, or selling a part of Palace Malice to a breeding operation with the intent of racing him in 2015, said
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