Penn Mile Goes Off Friday at Penn National Race Course

Penn Mile Goes Off Friday at Penn National Race Course
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Pennsylvania sports betting will have some thoroughbred racing to consider Friday with the ninth edition of the $400,000 Grade 2 Penn Mile at Penn National Race Course in Grantville.

The Penn Mile is the signature race of the Grantville oval, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The 3-year-old turf race is one of six stakes on the 11-race evening card with first race post time set for 5 p.m.

In addition to watching the race, visitors also can try their luck at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National, which has variety of Pa online slots and table games such as blackjack and baccarat.

Penn National is 17 miles northeast in I-81 from the state capital in Harrisburg.

Hollywood Casino also is home to Barstool Pa Sportsbook.You also can play those games online, as Pennsylvania online casinos are legal in the state.

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Sizing Up the Field

Entries for the Grade 2 Penn Mile include the two early favorites, Major Dude and Candidate.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Major Dude won this year’s Grade 3 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park and has earned more than $400,000 in his career. 
Candidate is trained by Arnaud Delacour and was second to Major Dude in this year’s Kitten’s Joy Stakes. Other race entries include three Pennsylvania-breds: Movisitor, Fletcher, and Upstate and Back.

The complete eight-horse field for the Penn Mile Stakes, in post-position order with jockey, trainer and morning line odds follows, with approximate post time set for 7:45 p.m.

  1. Annapolis, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Todd Pletcher. 9-5
  2. Wow Whata Summer, Tyler Conner, James Lawrence 12-1
  3. Uncaptured Spirit, Angel Suarez, Mark Shuman, 10-1
  4. Ohtwoohthreefive, Kendrick Carmouche, George Weaver, 8-1
  5. Noneedtoworry, Silvestre Gonzalez, Herold Wylie, 20-1
  6. Witty, Carol Cedeno, McLane Hendricks, 12-1
  7. Red Danger, Paco Lopez, Brian Lynch, 5-2
  8. Fort Washington, Flavien Prat, Shug McGaughey, 7-2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The four PA-bred stakes on the card are the $100,000 New Start Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the dirt at 6 furlongs; the $100,000 With Anticipation for 3-year-olds and up on the turf going 1 1/16th miles; the $100,000 Lyphard Stakes for fillies 3-years-old and up on the turf at 1 1/16 miles; the $100,000 Danzig Stakes on the dirt for 3-year-olds.The $150,000 Penn Oaks for three-year-old fillies on the turf is also on the card.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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