Penn Mile Night at Penn National Race Course
The biggest night of horse racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was on June 3. The Penn Mile Night highlighted 6 stakes, including the marquee Grade 2 Penn Mile Stakes, with Parx Racing Horsemen showing up in competitive fashion; our horsemen proudly ran 2nd and 3rd in five of the six races!
Love in the Air, commandeered by jockey Paco Lopez placed in the $100,000 Lyphard Stakes going 1 1/16th miles on the turf for PA-Bred fillies & mares for trainer John Servis and owner Main Line Racing Stable, behind winner Maldives Model. The versatile gray You Must Chill with jockey Frankie Pennington finished third in the $100,000 With Anticipation Stakes for PA-Breds on the turf, going 1 & 1/16th miles for trainer Jamie Ness and owners Morris Kernan, Jr, Yo Berbs, & Jagger, Inc. Irie Empress under jockey Dexter Haddock held on for second after setting the pace at incredible 83-1 odds for trainer Herold Whylie and owner Kirk Nesbeth in the $150,000 Penn Oaks going a mile on the turf. Center Mid Maddie and jockey Anthony Nunez finished third in the $100,000 Danzig Stakes for PA-Breds going 6 furlongs. Golden Tabby & jockey Silvestre Gonzalez finished a game second-place after a battle with eventual winner Bazinga C for trainer Kate DeMasi and owner/breeder Shooting Star Stable in the $100,000 New Start Stakes for PA- Bred 3-year-old fillies going three quarters of a mile.
The big odds story of the night was the feature itself, when Jeremy Brook’s Wow Whata Summer took over the $400,000 Grade 2 Penn Mile on the far turn and scored an upset victory at odds of 84 -to-1, after scratching from the Preakness in May.
The Belmont Stakes is this Saturday, June 11th in NewYork, but Parx has some features right here with the final leg of the Parx/PTHA Spring Starter Series and live racing on a Saturday, with family fun, and Hound dog races after the 5th race.
“Oddly enough, the betting public likes to see the bigger field so it makes for a better opportunity for a large payout,” Johnston said. “What you don’t want is one horse that’s an absolute standout and then five horses that are good, or even great. Then you get into some interesting wagering patterns and it makes it difficult on the players’ behalf. You want a balanced field. You want a lot of great horses. That’s the perfect scenario.”Eric Johnston, Hollywood Casino’s Director of Racing Operations