Linda Rice on women in racing, turf sprints, and giving back

On July 17 at the annual preview of the Saratoga race meeting at the National Museum of Racing, trainer Linda Rice was asked if there were any horses she was looking forward to running.

“Palace,” she said without hesitation.

He finished fourth a couple of weeks later, but if the people in the audience that night stayed with him, they’d have cashed on Palace when he won the Chowder’s First Stakes on August 24, paying $27.

The win was Rice’s biggest at the meet so far, one of her five victories, a smaller number of races than she’d hoped to win up here this summer. Then again, her own record up here has set a pretty high bar for success.

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