This Week in Horse Racing: Turf Stars at Penn National – VSiN Exclusive News – News


Friday marks the biggest race night on the calendar at the Penn National in Grantville, Pennsylvania. The plush local turf hosts the $150,000 Penn Oaks and the $400,000 Grade 2 Penn Mile. Six stakes will be offered sequentially in races 3 through 8 on an 11-race schedule that begins at 5 p.m. ET. Jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr. and Flavien Prat are among those in town for the big races. Horses representing Chad Brown, Todd Pletcher and Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey are entered in the main classes.

For those betting on Penn National’s Friday card, the Betmix database offers several handicapping pointers, dating back to the 2013 season.

Penn National Statistics

Percentage of winning grass favourites: 36%

Percentage of winning Dirt favorites: 38%

Percentage of favorite winning bets: 41%

Average bets win the odds: 3.2-1

Penn National records for notable jockeys: Irad Ortiz Jr. (4-15, 27%), Paco Lopez (5-18, 27%), Kendrick Carmouche (17-109, 16%), Flavien Prat (0-0, 0%)

Penn National Records for Outstanding Coaches: Chad Brown (5-15, 33%), Todd Pletcher (12-40, 30%), Graham Motion (24-109, 22%), George Weaver (1-11, 9%), Shug McGaughey (0-1 , 0%), Brian Lynch (0-1, 0%)

Things to watch this week

The Belmont Stakes contenders will do their last serious training this weekend for the mile and a half test, scheduled for June 11. winning filly Nest and local winner of Peter Pan We The People…Maryland Racetrack returns to Laurel Park on Thursday after stint at Preakness in Pimlico…Gulfstream Park has $467,553 carryover in its Rainbow 6 jackpot bet ahead of Thursday’s weekly opening…Friday’s card at Cincinnati’s Belterra Park features six stakes races in the Best of Ohio series for state breeders…Saturday’s lineup at Churchill Downs includes six stakes races in preparation for the Stephen Foster Night July 2 card.

Friday weekend fire starter

After a $13.20 gain in this space last week at Churchill Downs, let’s continue our momentum this weekend. With likely heavy favorites in the Penn Oaks (Haughty for Chad Brown) and Year 2 Penn Mile (Annapolis for Todd Pletcher), I’ll be looking to the supporting stakes for some prize money. In the $100,000 Danzig Stakes (Race 7), take a look at class #6 Nimitz, who are rising in class and are 6-1 on the morning line. He’s in top form and ran pretty fast last time out against easier competition to win this race. Top Penn National rider Tyler Conner doesn’t ride for local veteran Bruce Kravets often, but they have a strong return on investment when teamed up.

1/ST BET App Top Disabling Tracks of the Week

The free 1/ST BET app allows you to apply millions of data points across dozens of Handicap Factors in seconds and place your bets immediately. Here’s where the AI ​​got the most work last week in win percentage:

— Mountaineer: 44%

— Canterbury Park: 44%

—Will Rogers Downs: 39%

— Finger Lakes: 39%

— Gulfstream fleet: 38%

Tracks with most trusted favorites last week (by win pct.)

— Mountaineer: 61%

— Canterbury Park: 49%

— Parx: 46%

— Louisiana Downs: 46%

—Penn National: 46%

Tracks that were longtime havens last week (most winners 10-1 or more)

— City of Charles: 6

—Monmouth: 5

—Indianapolis: 5

—Belmont: 4

— Canterbury: 4

— Pimlico: 4

— Sun Ray Park: 4

America’s Hot Jockeys Last Week

—Juan Hernandez (9-19, 47%), Santa Anita

— John McKee (6-13, 46%), Belterra Park

— Florent Geroux (5-12, 42%), Churchill Downs

— Lane Luzzi (5-12, 42%), Lone Star Park

– Obed Sanchez (5-12, 42%), Will Rogers Downs

America’s Hot Coaches Last Week

—Reid France (5-7, 71%), Golden Gate Fields

—Jeffrey Englehart (5-8, 63%), Finger Lakes, Pimlico

— Juan Pablo Silva (5-10, 50%), mountaineer

—Anthony Farrior (7-16, 44%), Charles Town, Pimlico, Penn National

—Jon Arnett (6-14, 43%), Prairie Meadows

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