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Belmont Stakes Contenders Hit the Track

Palace Malice impressive in prep for final leg of Triple Crown

Tuesday, May 28, 2013  |  Updated 4:55 PM EDT
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Belmont Stakes Contenders Hit the Track

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Garrett Gomez rides Palace Malice during the 89th Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keenland Race Course on April 13. Palace Malice will compete in the Belmont Stakes on June 8, and had an impressive workout this week.

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More than a half-dozen Belmont Stakes contenders have posted workouts at Belmont Park less than two weeks before the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Palace Malice was among the most impressive with a five-furlong work in 1:00.24 on Monday. Trainer Todd Pletcher says his 12th-place Kentucky Derby finisher "worked unbelievably well."

Pletcher could have as many as five 3-year-olds for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont on June 8. The others, all of whom had workouts Monday, are Revolutionary, Overanalyze, Midnight Taboo and the filly Unlimited Budget.

Freedom Child had his first workout since winning the Peter Pan earlier this month, covering five furlongs in 59.87.

A field of about 14 is shaping up for the Belmont, with Derby winner Orb and Preakness winner Oxbow among the group.

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