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.
Mike Smith stopped 21 shots, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal both scored, and the Phoenix Coyotes extended their point streak to five games with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Totino Grace was not expected to make the state baseball tournament — not with being in arguably the state’s toughest section.