05/29/2013 4:08PM

Penn National: Noble Tune, Rydilluc among eight 3-year-olds in Penn Mile

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Tom Keyser
Noble Tune comes into the $500,000 Penhn Mile off a win in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs.

The Penn Mile has no history – this is the first year of its existence – but it has plenty of money behind it, and the new $500,000 turf race for 3-year-olds drew a strong field when Saturday’s Penn National card was assembled Wednesday.

The 3-year-old turf division doesn’t really begin to come together until the Triple Crown trail comes to an end, but with Noble Tune, Rydilluc, Jack Milton, and Charming Kitten entered, the Penn Mile is the best grass race for 3-year-olds run so far this year. The other four in the race are Pitch N Roll, Yougotthatgoinforu, Are You Kidding Me, and Triple Cross.

The Penn Mile is one of three open stakes on the card, forming with the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup and the $250,000 Mountainview Handicap the richest night of racing at Penn National, which is located just north of Harrisburg in south-central Pennsylvania. The Governor’s Cup, race 2, starts the open stakes sequence, followed immediately by the Mountainview and the Penn Mile. Scheduled post time for the Governor’s Cup is 6:28 p.m. Eastern, with the Penn Mile scheduled to be run at 7:26.

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With eight runners, the Penn Mile should not have post position as a deciding factor: During the 2012 turf season at Penn National, winners in one-mile turf races were distributed fairly evenly from inside to outside. Post 5 produced the most winners, six in 26 races, and that is the spot occupied by longshot Triple Cross. The favorites, who all ship in from New York, drew post 1 (Noble Tune, Javier Castellano), post 6 (Jack Milton, John Velazquez), post  7 (Rydilluc, Edgar Prado), and post 8 (Charming Kitten, Joel Rosario).

Noble Tune, trained by Chad Brown, has won 4 of 5 starts and in his lone loss finished second to George Vancouver in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Noble Tune has started his season with a pair of wins, the most recent in the Grade 2 American Turf on May 3 at Churchill.

Rydilluc, trained by Gary Contessa, is 3 for 3 on grass, his two losses having come in his debut on dirt last year, and in the Blue Grass Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack, where he finished fourth. Rydilluc beat Charming Kitten by three lengths in the Palm Beach Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park, but Charming Kitten, trained by Mike Maker, finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of him in the Blue Grass.

Jack Milton has done little wrong in three starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, winning his debut, finishing a close second in his second start, and most recently capturing the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes on Keeneland’s grass course.

The Governor’s Cup, a five-furlong turf sprint, has as much firepower as the Penn Mile, with Ben’s Cat, Chamberlain Bridge, Bridgetown, and Icon Ike among the 11 entrants. Ben’s Cat, who won the Turf Sprint on Preakness Day at Pimlico, drew poorly in post 11. The 9-year-old Chamberlain Bridge won the 2010 edition of the Governor’s Cup.

The Mountainview, for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on dirt, attracted a solid field of eight, headed by Easter Gift, Macho Macho, Pants On Fire, and Rattlesnake Bridge.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
IF penn national wants to attract a decent player base it needs to lower the takeout 30% is unacceptable....even if it is a nice turf stakes.....in the end you need to go were you get the most bang for your buck and it isn't at penn.
Steven Krein More than 1 year ago
The four jockeys noted, on the favorites shipping in from NY, are riding at Belmont that day, through the fifth race, a $125k stakes race, which has a 3:09 PM scheduled post time. I'm wondering how they're all going to get out of Elmont and to PN on time, for a 6:00 PM first race post time. PN has no helipad, airport's 40 minutes from the track assuming no traffic on I-81, and I don't think Mr. Scott is available to beam them there. At least the jocks coming from Parx have a couple hours to navigate the Turnpike.
John Smith More than 1 year ago
They possibly could land at either Ft. Indiantown Gap or Grimes airport, the latter being along I-78. Just saying.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Barring any major problems, they will easily make it there an hour before the race
Steven Krein More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to the card, its just a shame that there is little for the local colony. $1 million in purses, and it'll all go right out of town.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
could be worse the chinese could start shipping in horses.
Cameron More than 1 year ago
If there was more of the "local colony" the card wouldn't be nearly as good.
john p More than 1 year ago
just ask mountaineer park how it work. No local horseman win on wv derby day!
Jack Twee More than 1 year ago
30% takeout at Penn.No thanks! I'll pass.
Steven Krein More than 1 year ago
Win, place, and show: 17% Daily Double wagering: 20% Exacta wagering: 22% Trifecta and Superfecta wagering: 29% Pick 3 wagering: 26% Pick 4 wagering: 26%
Jack Twee More than 1 year ago
WOW!Very high takeout,like i said I'll pass.I can get lower takeout elsewhere and get back more money.Let the dummy's bet in this pool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They know what they're doing at Penn National.
Eric Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Great card at Penn!
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
Rydilluc wins by 3. Putting his record to 4 for 4 on grass. $7 to win.
JOHN More than 1 year ago
A whole seven dollars... easy big spender
Bob More than 1 year ago
John if you bet $2 ...If he even pays 7. Your lucky..that's great price. Game isn't for a 2 dollar guy
Eric Von Zipper More than 1 year ago
What happened to the Renpher Stable horses?
Eric Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Who knows? There win percentage has been horrible for awhile now.
Steven Krein More than 1 year ago
thru 5/28 53 - 3 - 3 - 1 5.67% Win 13.2% WPS ouch
Eric Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Thanks Steve. They privately purchase bum horses.
Steven Krein More than 1 year ago
Quick scan of the nominees for all the races, they didn't even have one horse listed, even for the PA-bred stakes races
Jon More than 1 year ago
renpher went down the drain when they got rid of trainer Lester Stickler Jr. Another owner that thinks hes a trainer is the problem.
chris kantor More than 1 year ago
Wow! Wot a fantastic turf race for 3 yr olds. This race will be a grade 3 by next year!
Ralph Venuti More than 1 year ago
Can't be. a race has to be run twice at the same conditions to be eligible for grading. Besides, knowing how Penn National Gaming feels about horse racing, this race will be one and done.
Steven Krein More than 1 year ago
Governor's Cup used to be a Grade 3, now it's almost an afterthought, with the $50k reduction in purse.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Hang a race that the Horsemen and Fans have been screaming for... Innovative, at least but a great field and card at first call.