03/02/2005 1:00AM

Penn National track report

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After starting off the season ice-cold, Jorge Tipa has turned into one of the hottest jockeys on the grounds at Penn National.

Since going 1 for 27 to begin 2005, Tipa has won with 11 of his last 28 mounts to climb to eighth place in the jockey standings, with 12 wins in 55 starts.

Tipa has done particularly well riding for trainer Bruce Kravets, going 5 for 17 with a $3.01 return on investment.

Tipa rode three winners Feb. 23, including Charged Up ($9.20) and Mr. Liberty ($6.60) for Kravets, and followed up with two more wins last Saturday, including the Kravets-trained Hate Mail ($9.40).