Palace, who will take up stud duties in 2016 at Spendthrift Farm, scored his seventh stakes win in his illustrious career on Saturday with a half-length win in the $150,000 Hudson H. at Belmont Park.
Multiple Grade 1 winner Palace has now amassed $1,481,550 with 12 wins and five seconds in 27 lifetime starts, making him the all-time leading son by City Zip.
In Saturday’s 6 ½ furlong race, Palace sat off the pace early, then came six wide to battle with Captain Serious and Weekend Hideaway in the final furlong, prevailing in a driving finish in 1:15.68 over the fast main track.
Six-year-old Palace won both the Grade 1 Vandebilt H. and Grade 1 Forego H. at Saratoga in 2014, and is pre-entered in next week’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Keeneland. Trainer Linda Rice said she would decide by Monday whether to ship to Keeneland or wait for the $250,000 Fall Highweight H. (G3) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct, a race he won two years ago.
Palace will participate in Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program that the farm offers for its first-year stallions. His “Share The Upside” fee has been set at $7,500, and will require breeders to breed a mare in 2016 and 2017, and then have two live foals on a stands-and-nurses basis to earn a lifetime breeding right in Palace starting in 2018 and lasting throughout his stallion career. Palace’s one-time stud fee is $6,000 on a standard stands-and-nurses contract for people who do not wish to participate in the “Share The Upside” program.
"I'm looking forward to (him) going to stud next year and being the next City Zip, maybe better," Rice said.