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Las Vegas, NV - Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pennsylvania will play host to the Grade 3 Penn Mile on Saturday, May 30. A nice purse of $500,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go one mile on Penn National's turf track.
A stellar group of three year old have been confirmed for the Penn Mile - race 4 on Penn National's Saturday schedule. Post time is 7:22 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 11 entries for this lucrative Grade 3 stakes.
Night Prowler 3-1 - won the Grade 3 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park three starts back on January 3 and followed that with a somewhat disappointing fifth as favorite in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes on that same track March 7. Last time out he returned to the winner's circle with a nice win in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland April 15. He also had an OK third in the minor Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 29 and a maiden score at Belmont Park October 17. Night Prowler has been a tad up and down in his short career but has won two of his last three graded stakes starts overall. Javier Castellano rides the morning line favorite and only multiple graded stakes winner in the field from gate 6.
Papacoolpapacool 4-1 - Phil D'Amato trained gelding enters on a nice three race win streak - the minor La Puenta Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita last time out on turf April 18 followed the minor Pasadena Stakes on that same track in March and an Allowance Optional Claiming score also there in February. He failed to place in two graded stakes tries before that - a fifth in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes in January followed a sixth in the Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes in November however. Papacoolpapacool has four wins, a second and a third place finish and enters this week in the best form of his career. Elvis Trujillo has the mount aboard the morning line second choice from post 3.
Ocho Ocho Ocho 5-1 - will race for the seventh time for trainer James Cassidy off a fourteenth place finish in the Kentucky Derby which followed an OK third in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and an eighth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 7. Before that were three starts and three wins including his graded stakes debut- the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot November 22, in his stakes debut - by 5 3/4 lengths the minor Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes at Santa Anita November 1 and a maiden score at first asking in October. Ocho Ocho Ocho had looked good to start his career but has fallen off in his last three starts overall albeit against names like Dortmund, Carpe Diem, and American Pharoah. He leaves from gate 4 looking to cure his inconsistent ways in his grass debut with Mike Smith in the irons at 5-1 on the morning line.
Granny's Kitten 6-1 - Will hit the track for just the third time Saturday for trainer Michael Maker attempting to remain perfect. He makes his stakes debut off an Allowance score May 10 and a maiden score and 10 months away from the track. He did have a maiden score at first asking way back in July as well. Jose Ortiz has been table to ride in Granny's Kitten's big step up in competition - from the rail.
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Woodwin W 6-1 - impressive Jamie Ness trained gelding has four career starts and four wins. He makes his graded stakes bow Saturday on the heels of a win in his stakes debut - the minor James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness Stakes Day, an Allowance score and wins in a Starter Optional Claiming and MSW race - all this year. Jevian Toledo will be in the saddle looking to keep an impressive fun going from gate 2.
Force the Pass 6-1 - has two wins and two seconds in four career starts for trainer Alan Goldberg and enters off an OK second behind Woodwin W in the minor James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico May 16 and a win in his stakes debut - the minor Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park April 1. Force the Pass makes his graded stakes debut in good form when he leaves from gate 8 with Joel Rosario aboard.
Comanche's Storm 15-1 - makes his graded stakes debut Saturday having posted a win, a second and a third place finish in six career starts. He broke maiden two starts back at Tampa Bay in his fifth career start and was second last time out in his stakes debut - the minor English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream May 2. Comanche's Storm has improved every time out - jockey Rosemary Homeister hopes to keep that trend going from post 5.
High Noon Rider 15-1 - George Weaver trained colt has eight career starts with two wins, a second and two third place finishes. He enters off one of those wins- an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream April 9 after a second behind Force the Pass in the minor Cutler Bay Stakes April 1, a fourth in the minor Islamorada Handicap in March and a DNF in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes in January - all results at Gulfstream. He hopes for his first stakes score Saturday when he departs from post 7 with Eddie Castro guiding him.
My Point Exactly 15-1 - William Kaplan trained gelding has six career starts with two wins and a third place finish. He enters this week after a third in the minor Tarpon Stakes April 25, a seventh in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and a nice two race streak - the listed Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs back on September 6 and a maiden score in August. He looks for his first win since September with Juan Leyva in the reins from post 9.
Tuba 20-1 - Anne Smith trained gelding has just two wins in eight career starts. Last time out was a ninth in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs which followed a nice win in his stakes debut - the minor Black Gold Stakes in February and a pair of off-the-board finishes in Allowance races this past winter. He has placed just once in his last four starts and looks overmatched in this one. Rafael Mojica gets the call from gate 10.
Gallery 30-1 -has two wins and three third in eight career starts - Saturday marks his stakes debut. He won two straight races at Fair Grounds in January and has looked just OK against lesser company since. Last time out was a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park May 5 after an eight in a similar race at Gulfstream in March. Jose Lezcano will be in charge of the longest shot in the field from the outside post 11.
Race 4 on Penn National's Saturday card with a Post Time of 7:22 PM.
|1||Granny's Kitten||J. Ortiz||M. Maker|
|2||Woodwin W||J. Toledo||J. Ness|
|3||Papacoolpapacool||E. Trujillo||P. D'Amato|
|4||Ocho Ocho Ocho||M. Smith||J. Cassidy|
|5||Comanche's Storm||R. Homeister, Jr.||G. Bush|
|6||Night Prowler||J. Castellano||C. Brown|
|7||High Noon Rider||E. Castro||G. Weaver|
|8||Force the Pass||J. Rosario||A. Goldberg|
|9||My Point Exactly||J. Leyva||W. Kaplan|
|10||Tuba||K. Clark||A. Smith|
|11||Gallery||J. Lezcano||M. Dini|
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