6.9.13 … Palace Malice Wins! …

Dogwood Stables, Palace Malice, Cot Campbell, Belmont Stakes 2013, kudos, kith/kin:  Congratulations to Mr. Campbell and the whole family on a great win by Palace Malice at the Belmont Stakes 2012!  I have always loved DS’s silks.  So fun to watch them win one.

Palaca Malice

For the second time during this Triple Crown run, Pletcher sent out five horses. He came up short in the Derby five weeks ago, skipped the Preakness and regrouped, and came through at his home track for an owner who has supported him from the start.

“It’s the mother of all great moments, I’ll tell you that,” the 85-year old Campbell said. “I’m proud for Dogwood and proud for my partners, and I’m proud of Todd, one of the greatest horse trainers of all time.”

Sent off at odds of 13-1, Palace Malice returned $29.60, $11.20 and $6.70. Oxbow, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, returned $9.90 and $6.10, and Orb, the 2-1 favorite trained by Shug McGaughey, paid $3.30.

via Palace Malice Wins Belmont Stakes 2013 In New York (VIDEO).

Before Todd Pletcher was a trainer with 200 horses in his stable, millions in his bank account, expensive suits and an exquisite haircut, he was a guy with eight horses who was in desperate need of clients. One of his first was Cot Campbell, a wily old Southerner with an affinity for plaid sports coats and porkpie hats who had pioneered the novel idea that horse ownership did not necessarily have to be exclusive to rich people.

In other words, Campbell was a promoter with a résumé P. T. Barnum would have been proud of. He had been a water ski show master of ceremonies, a sportswriter, an apprentice funeral director and an advertising copywriter before he came up with a plan to syndicate racehorses — to get a few partners who loved the sport to pool their money and have some fun.

He called his outfit Dogwood Stable, and it was successful, but Campbell was looking for a young trainer to take him over the top. In 1996, he chose Pletcher and sent him four horses. On Saturday, leading a heretofore hard-luck colt named Palace Malice by the shank into the sun-splashed winner’s circle of the 145th Belmont Stakes, Campbell, a spry 85, was reminded again that you could do well by doing good.

Wrapping his arm around one of his foundation owners, Pletcher let his eyes wrinkle, a grin crack and some genuine warmth melt his usually stoic face.

“This is an emotional one for me,” Pletcher said. “He gave me an opportunity when no one knew who I was.”

For an old horseman and promoter like Campbell, though, the victory eluded measurement by dollar signs. He said he understood that his clock was winding down on the opportunity for big wins like the Belmont. He is not exactly retired, but he has cut his stable in half.

“I don’t want to chase any rabbits I can’t catch,” he said. “I’m in the twilight of my career, if you want to put it euphemistically. I’ve had the most wonderful life a human being could have. And this is quite a chapter of it.”

via Palace Malice, a Long Shot, Wins Belmont Stakes – NYTimes.com.

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