Racing at Penn National Keeps Getting Better

Category : News - Thu 04/07/2013 - 14:28 EDT

Officially known as the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Penn National this year celebrates 41 years of providing central Pennsylvania with great horse racing action. Located in Grantville, PA, in close proximity to both Harrisburgh and Hershey, the track opened on August 30, 1972 with La Grand Jour winning the very first race held on the track. With year-around racing that includes a half-dozen open stake races with more than $1,000,000 in purse money, Penn National has become one of America’s most successful tracks.

First Penn Mile a big success

This year saw the launch of Penn National’s biggest event to date, the inaugural running of the $500,000 Penn Mile on the turf, where Kentucky-bred Rydilluc put his name into the record books with the win. Coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade I Toyota Bluegrass Stakes, Rydullic went off as the favorite and didn’t disappoint, breaking sharply from the gate and stalking the leader in second place before taking over at the quarter-pole to claim a three-quarter length victory over Charming Kitten.  It was his fourth win in six lifetime starts.

Fabulous Strike Stakes honors famous Penn-bred

While Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones may be the most famous Pennsylvania-bred racehorse, Fabulous Strike may not be far behind, and each fall Penn National holds the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap in his honor. A son of Smart Strike, Fabulous Strike went to the gate 28 times over his career and won 15, including the Grade I Vosburgh Stakes, one of five graded stakes victories on his resume.  This year’s Fabulous Strike at Penn National is scheduled for November 27, one of four stakes races on that day’s card.

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