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Race # Name Purse Distance Sex # Horses Surface Time  
1 Claiming 16K $21000 1M Gelding 6 Dirt 17:45
2 Claiming 4.0K $13000 1M Mare 6 Dirt 18:14
3 Maiden 16K $24000 6F Gelding 9 Dirt 18:43
4 Claiming 16K $22000 6F Gelding 5 Dirt 19:12
5 Maiden $31000 6F Gelding 5 Dirt 19:41
6 Claiming 5.0K $14000 11/16M Gelding & Filly 7 Dirt 20:10
7 Claiming 4.0K $12000 1M Gelding 9 Dirt 20:39

About Penn National

Penn National Race Course, also known as the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, is located in Grantville, Pa.,and has been in operation since 1972. The casino was opened in 2008.

It is approximately 17 miles east ofHarrisburg and is currently owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, which is based in Wyomissing, Pa.


As well as regular live race-days throughout the year, the track also hosts a number of entertainment events, simulcast racing, and a museum.


Live racing takes place in the evening, with live race-days being staged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It is one of the few tracks which offers live racing 52 weeks a year.


Racing takes place on both the conventional dirt and turf course. The latter is seven furlongs long, while the main track is a mile in circumference.


The track doesn’t host many graded races; however, there are a number of stakes races that take place throughout the year. The Penn Mile is the standout event at the track and is currently (as of 2019) the only graded event. It is a Grade II and commands a purse of over$500,000.

Penn National Racetrack History

The track first opened its doors on Aug. 30,1972. A law had passed five years earlier that enabled pari-mutuel wagering in the state, and a number of companies, including Penn National Gaming, were awarded licenses. The original complex also featured a motor speedway, which held its first event in 1971.


A number of other racetracks struggled to get off the ground, with Pitt Park changing its name to Mountainview ThoroughbredRacing Association and moving all of its events to Penn National in 1973.


After a few years of financial struggle, they sold these race meets to Philadelphia insurance businessman Peter D. Carlino, who continued to be a tenant of Penn National and held a 100-day race meet each year.


The Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup Stakes was held for the first time in 1973 and became a Grade III event in 1982. This inaugural event was the only time that it has been split into two divisions, with Kiss and Run and Mr. Correlation both entering the Winner’s Enclosure. It is competed over the five furlongs and is open to horses aged 3 years and above.


In 1976, Visier was victorious; however, he was subsequently disqualified and relegated to third place.


The turf track was officially opened in 1978and enabled the track to bulk out its racing schedule.


Carlino’s son became Penn National’s first CEO in 1994 following a restructure, and he remained in this position for nine years. Just two years later, the track purchased Pocono Downs and Charles Town racetracks while it also acquired the operations of Garden State Park.


The Penn Mile Stakes was inaugurated in 2013 and was upgraded to a Grade III in 2015. Two years later, it became a Grade II event.

Penn National Track Configuration and Bias

In sprint events on the main track, PennNational tends to favor an early pace. The trip to the first bend is relatively short, and that can often help horses who get their head in front early.


There is very little advantage to early pacesetters on the turf track with races tending to play out fairly.

Winning Post Position

Penn National has hosted a number of live race-days throughout 2019, and there has been a fairly even split of post positions in races held over the sprint distance. Stall four was the most profitable, with18.7 percent of winners beginning the race in this position.


Winners came from stall five in 17.1 percent of races, while stall three was also fairly productive with over 16 percent.The inside stalls showed a bit of a disappointing return, with 11.8 percent of winners coming from stall one.


On the outside, five of the 30 runners from stall 10 were victorious (16.7 percent). Only one of the 10 runners from stall11 entered the Winner’s Enclosure.


Over the longer trip, the results were very evenly spread. Stall five was once again yielding a decent return at 17.2 percent.Stall seven brought 16.4 percent of winners, while stalls one, two and three all produced over 15 percent.


Only two of the 23 runners drawn in stall 10were victorious, while none of the 10 runners drawn in the outside two stalls were able to get their head in front.


On the turf course, the inside stalls appear to be at a bit of a disadvantage, with stalls two and three each producing just9.2 percent. Stall nine showed just 9.7 percent and didn’t fare much better.Stalls four, five and six all showed fairly steady numbers, while stall 10produced an impressive 17.6 percent return.

Penn National Key Races and RacingSchedule

Penn National hosts racing 52 weeks a year, and simulcast betting is available 365 days a year. Race meets tend to take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with race cards typically consisting of eight races.


There are a number of stakes races that are hosted by the track, though there is only one graded event – the Penn Mile.


Grade II:

     Penn Mile


Other Stakes Events:

     Lyphard Stakes

     Danzig Stakes

     New Start Stakes

     Penn Oaks

     Penn Ladies Dash

     Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup

     Robellino Stakes

     Fabulous Strike Stakes

     Swatara Stakes

     Blue Mountain Stakes

Penn National Address

777 Hollywood Blvd

Grantville, PA 17028

Penn National Best Jockeys and Trainers

There are a number of trainers who regularly send runners to this Pennsylvania track, and they have the knack of producing winners on a regular basis.

There are a number of talented riders who regularly ride on both the dirt and turf tracks. These talented jockeys know how to get the best out of their mount, and they regularly produce winners atPenn National.

Top Jockeys
Jockey Races Win Rate Place Rate Show Rate
Torres Jomar 245 30.20% 36.73% 43.67%
Hernandez Julio A 565 26.19% 41.77% 51.68%
Conner Tyler 298 24.16% 39.60% 59.40%
Salgado Anthony 392 22.45% 41.84% 55.87%
Rodriguez Angel R 486 20.58% 32.72% 53.70%
Beato Inoel 389 20.31% 28.53% 46.02%
Chiappe Ricardo 335 18.21% 32.54% 42.99%
Aguilar Manuel 303 11.22% 25.41% 33.00%
Inirio Maicol J 376 10.90% 25.53% 46.28%
Diaz Vladimir 327 10.70% 21.71% 32.11%
Top Trainers
Trainer Races Win Rate Place Rate Show Rate
Jacobson David 39 53.85% 66.67% 82.05%
Synnefias Panagiotis A 59 45.76% 54.24% 69.49%
Lawrence James L 53 43.40% 43.40% 54.72%
Salvaggio Michael W 61 39.34% 39.34% 75.41%
Chircop Steven 56 35.71% 35.71% 60.71%
Salvaggio Mark V 203 32.02% 49.26% 61.08%
Kulp Brandon L 242 28.51% 38.84% 52.07%
Perez Elisha 58 27.59% 39.66% 60.34%
Beattie Cody 48 27.08% 27.08% 50.00%
Sinnefia Paulina 72 26.39% 48.61% 65.28%