Bred: W.S. Farish (Ky.)
Dam: Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem
Owned by Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice was sold for $200,000 in April of 2012 at the Keeneland Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale after going for $25,000 at the sales company's September Yearling Sale the previous year.
The colt broke his maiden in his second start by 3 1/2 lengths before taking a break for the rest of the year then returning in January 2013 to finish second in an optional claiming race. As one of Todd Pletcher's string of talented three-year-olds in 2013, Palace Malice stepped on the Derby trail in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes where he finished third. After a horrible trip in the Grade 1 Louisiana Derby that resulted in a seventh place finish, he cemented his spot in the Kentucky Derby by finishing second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes.
After finishing a disappointing 12th in the Kentucky Derby, Palace Malice won the 2013 edition of the Belmont Stakes to become his sire's first classic winner. He continued to excel in the second half of his 3-year-old season, winning the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes before a close fourth-place finish in the Travers. He tackled older competition for the first time in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and more than held his own with a runner-up finish to Ron the Greek.
Palace Malice is from the first crop of champion Curlin and from the female family of multiple graded stakes winner Rail Trip.