Submitted by Jerry Antonucci on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Gulfstream Park: Palace Malice among eight for Gulfstream Handicap
A field of eight older runners, led by 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and Preakness runner-up Itsmyluckyday, was drawn Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Both horses will be making their 4-year-old debuts in the one-mile fixture.
Palace Malice will be ridden by Velazquez, while Paco Lopez, who won the Gulfstream Park Derby aboard Itsmyluckyday last winter, has the mount back Saturday.
The remainder of the lineup is Uncaptured (Luis Contreras), Falling Sky (Elvis Trujillo), Golden Ticket (Manny Cruz), Brujo de Olleros (Corey Lanerie), Sr. Quisqueyano (Carlos Oliver), and Narvaez (Abdiel Jaen).
Golden Ticket, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, also launches his 2014 campaign in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. Golden Ticket has not started since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap in November.
“I don’t know if I can say he’s 110 percent fit, but I can say he’s not far off,” trainer Ken McPeek said.