Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course announced Tuesday that the $400,000, Grade 2, Penn Mile will be contested on Friday, June 2, 2023.
Now in its tenth running, the one-mile event for 3-year-olds on the turf will headline an exceptional evening of racing which will also include the $150,000 Penn Oaks, $100,000 Danzig Stakes, $100,000 New Start Stakes, $100,000 Lyphard Stakes, and $100,000 With Anticipation Stakes.
Inaugurated in 2013, the Penn Mile was granted Grade 3 status in 2015 and upgraded to a Grade 2 in 2017. Previous Penn Mile winners include Kenneth L. Ramsey’s homebred Bobby’s Kitten, who lived up to his post-time favoritism in 2014 for Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano and went on to win that year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. In 2016, the Canadian Champion filly Catch a Glimpse, trained by Mark Casse, won the Penn Mile prior to completing her career with earnings of $1.8 million. Last year’s Penn Mile champion Wow What a Summer lit up the toteboard at odds of 83-1 for conditioner James Lawrence, II and runner-up Annapolis, trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Todd Pletcher, went on to win three stakes in 2022, including the Grade 1 Coolmore Turf at Keeneland.
The $150,000 Penn Oaks (listed) has also showcased many exemplary turf distaffers, including 2019 champion Regal Glory. The daughter of Animal Kingdom added nine stakes wins following her Penn Oaks victory and was honored with the 2022 Eclipse Award for Champion Turf Female.
“We are looking forward to hosting the Penn Mile, Penn Oaks and four additional $100,000 stakes for Pennsylvania-breds on June 2,” said Eric Johnston, Director of Racing Operation for Penn National. “The race continues to attract the nation’s elite horses, trainers and jockeys to central Pennsylvania.”
Post time for the Penn Mile Day card will be 5:00 pm (ET). Nominations will close Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
PENN MILE DAY
Friday, June 2, 2023
$400,000 Penn Mile – Grade 2
Three Year Olds – One Mile (turf)
$150,000 Penn Oaks – Listed
Fillies, Three Years Old – One Mile (turf)
$100,000 Danzig Stakes
PA Bred, Three Year Olds – Six Furlongs
$100,000 New Start Stakes
PA Bred, Fillies, Three Years Old – Six Furlongs
$100,000 Lyphard Stakes
PA Bred, Fillies and Mares, Three Years Old & Upward – One Mile & One Sixteenth (turf)
$100,000 With Anticipation Stakes
PA Bred, Three Years Old & Upward – One Mile & One Sixteenth (turf)
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