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Before Todd Pletcher was a
trainer with 200 horses in his sta-
ble, millions in his bank account,
expensive suits and an exquisite
haircut, he was a guy with eight
horses who was in desperate need
One of his first was Cot Camp-
bell, a wily old Southerner with an
affinity for plaid sports coats and
porkpie hats who had pioneered
the novel idea that horse ownership
did not necessarily have to be
exclusive to rich people.
In other words, Campbell was a
promoter with a résumé PT Bar-
num would have been proud of.
He had been a water ski show
master of ceremonies, a sports-
writer, an apprentice funeral direc-
tor and an advertising copywriter
before he came up with a plan to
syndicate racehorses---to get a few
partners who loved the sport to
pool their money and have some
He called his outfit Dogwood
Stable, and it was successful, but
Campbell was looking for a young
trainer to take him over the top. In
1996, he chose Pletcher and sent
him four horses.
On Saturday, leading a heretofore
hard-luck colt named Palace Malice
by the shank into the sun-splashed
winner s circle of the 145th Belmont
Stakes, Campbell, a spry 85, was
reminded again that you could do
well by doing good.
Wrapping his arm around one of
his foundation owners, Pletcher let
his eyes wrinkle, a grin crack and
some genuine warmth melt his
usually stoic face.
"This is an emotional one for
me," Pletcher said. "He gave me an
opportunity when no one knew
who I was."
That Palace Malice had graced
them with this moment was even
more gratifying because Campbell,
Pletcher and jockey Mike Smith
had made enough mistakes in their
handling of what they knew was
an extremely talented colt to frus-
trate even the most patient horse-
Palace Malice, son of the two-
time horse of the year Curlin, had
always been a standout in the
mornings, blowing like a rocket
down the straightaways and
handling like a Ferrari on the turns.
In the afternoons, when it was
money time, Palace Malice was not
In March, he ran himself into
trouble in the Louisiana Derby and
stumbled home in seventh place.
In April, he gawked in the stretch
of the Bluegrass Stakes and lost by
To correct that problem, Pletcher
and Campbell fitted Palace Malice
with blinkers, restricting his periph-
eral vision, and threw him into the
toughest competition he had ever
faced, in the Kentucky Derby.
It was a disaster. Between the
restricted vision and a sloppy track,
a panicked Palace Malice blew out
of the gate and led the field through
a blistering half-mile that set up a
closing run from the long-striding
Smith, a Hall of Famer, knew he
had failed to control Palace Malice,
figured he would lose the mount,
but he decided to call Campbell
and own up to his mistake.
He wanted another chance.
He got it, but the announced
crowd of 47,562 and horseplayers
beyond were obviously not sure if
AMMAN---Two Jordanian paralympians
who were cleared of sexual harassment
by a court in Northern Ireland two weeks
ago said in their first public comment
yesterday that they were unfairly pulled
out of the Paralympics.
The May 28 ruling cleared athletes
Motaz Al-Junadi, 46, and Faisal
Hammash, 36, who were sent home
after accusations of sex offenses
surfaced during a training camp in
Northern Ireland in 2012 ahead of the
London Paralympic Games.
The Northern Ireland court ruled not to
prosecute the athletes and withdrew all
charges due to a lack of evidence.
In a press conference in Amman, the
athletes said they sensed "conspiracy
"We are innocent. We went to
represent Jordan in London Paralympics,
but there are some people who did not
want us to succeed," Al-Junadi said.
"We are professional athletes and we
have a clean record; we sense a
conspiracy against us and we will not
stop until we find those who are working
against us," he said.
Two athletes criticise Paralympics ban
Palace rewards promoter for patience
Trainer Todd Pletcher, centre, hoists the Belmont Stakes trophy in the winner's circle while standing with jockey Mike Smith, left, and Cot Campbell, President of Dogwood Stables, after Palace
Malice won the Belmont Stakes horse race in Belmont, NY, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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