Records Fall On Penn Mile Night

June 1, 2024

First World War gets his nose down at the wire first in a three-horse photo finish in the $400,000 PENN Mile at Penn National Race Course. (Kathy Hair/EQUI-PHOTO)

All-time betting record set for third straight year at Penn National Race Course

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GRANTVILLE, Pa. – New standards were set on the track and through the mutuel windows for the 11th edition of the $400,000 (Grade 3) PENN Mile last night at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. 

First World War, owned by Qatar Racing, LLC and Hunter Valley Farm, trained by Brendan Walsh and ridden by Frankie Dettori won the PENN Mile by the slimmest of noses in a three-horse photo finish with Aspenite andTrikari. The win was the second Grade 3 victory in 2024 for the son of War Front and pushed his lifetime earnings over $500,000. The time of 1:33.50 was the fastest in PENN Mile history.

Looking like a soldier in his silks, Dettori gets amplitude off of First World War. (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)
Jockey Frankie Dettori does his signature dismount after winning the $400,000 PENN Mile on First World War at Penn National Race Course. (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

Dettori made the most of his first visit to Penn National, winning the $150,000 PENN Oaks one race earlier with Poolside With Slim, an Irish bred daughter of Churchill who notched her first stakes win in five lifetime starts for trainer George “Rusty” Arnold. On cue, Dettori entertained central Pennsylvania racing fans with his signature flying dismount in the winner’s circle after each victory. The winning time of 1:33.59 was the fastest ever in the ten editions of the PENN Oaks. 

Poolside With Slim #3 with Frankie Dettori riding won the $150,000 Penn Oaks at Penn National Racecourse on Friday May 31, 2024. Photo By Kathy Hair/EQUI-PHOTO
Poolside With Slim (Frankie Dettori – #3) wins the $150,00 PENN Oaks by a head over Nice as Pie at Penn National Race Course. (Kathy Hair/EQUI-PHOTO)

For the third straight year PENN Mile night set an all-time wagering record at Penn National. A total of $5,772,383 was wagered on the 11-race card, an increase of 26% (over $1.2 million) from last year’s record handle. Wagering on the PENN Mile itself was $1,301,374, also a new record.

“This evening was a tremendous moment for Penn National,” said Director of Racing Operations Eric Johnston, “The all-time handle record was shattered, we had great representation from local and national horsemen and to top it off on of racing’s all-time iconic jockeys winning the two big stakes made it a memorable evening for all who attended,” said Johnston.

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