TIJUANA, Mexico - The winner of The Belmont Stakes Palace Malice has made history down in sunny old Mexico.
The Kentucky racehorse easily won the coveted Tijuana Invitational Derby by a record-shattering 27 lengths.
Jockey Mike Smith said he knew after about 19 seconds into the race that Palace Malice had a great chance of winning even though he was running in a field with 39 other horses.
Palace Malice wore #13 and it certainly proved to be a lucky number for the owners of the bay-colored stallion.
After the race Smith spoke with Zorro La Bamba a reporter with The Sports Bet Gazette. He told him that after he noticed that there wasn't another horse anywhere near him he eased up on Palace Malice otherwise he could have easily won by 33 lengths.
Lets Vamoose Muchacho, a horse owned by one of Mexico's greatest piano players, Manolo "El Ivory Tickler" Telemundo, Jr., came in second.
Lets Vamoose Muchacho is noted for having an undescended right rear hoof.
Señor Soccer, a red stallion which belongs to noted soccer player Javier Hernández Balcázar, who is better known as El Chicharito, finished in third place.
Señor Soccer is the brother of Las Maracas De Salma which won last year's Tijuana Invitational Derby.
SIDENOTE: Next up for Palace Malice is the second jewel of Mexico's Triple Crown, The Cabo San Lucas Stakes, which will then be followed by the third jewel, the coveted Yucatan Commemorative Derby which is held in Cozumel, Mexico.