NEW YORK — Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
The win gave Todd Pletcher, a University of Arizona graduate, his second Belmont win in six years, and vindicated the trainer’s support of a 3-year-old that came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one victory.
Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1ƒ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour. The colt owned by Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable won by 3ƒ lengths after passing pacesetter Oxbow. Orb made a late move but came up far short for third.
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