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Palace Malice, jockey Smith take first place at Belmont Stakes

Horse Racing

Palace Malice, left, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, battles Oxbow, with jockey Gary Stevens, around the fourth turn in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.

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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 his second Belmont win in six years, and vindicated the trainer’s support of a 3-year-old who 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 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour. The colt owned by Cot Campbell’s ...

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