Penn National to offer richest card of racing season

  • The $500,000 Penn Mile for 3 year olds over the turf highlight Saturday's program.
  • Three races, with purses totaling $550,000, are also scheduled Saturday.
  • In the Penn Mile, filly Catch A Glimpse could be favored for trainer Mark Casse.

GRANTVILLE — The fourth running of the $500,000 Penn Mile for 3 year olds over the turf on Saturday night will headline the richest racing card of the year at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Entries will be drawn on Wednesday and post time for the first race is 6 p.m. The Grand III Penn Mile will also be the final leg of a Pick Four wager that includes the $200,000 Mountainview Handicap, the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup, and the $200,000 Penn Oaks.

Filly Catch a Glimpse may be favored in Saturday's Penn Mile at Penn National Race Course.

A total of 37 horses were nominated to the Penn Mile, including the top five finishers from the $300,000 American Turf run at Churchill Downs on May 7. But it’s likely that filly sensation Catch A Glimpse could be favored over her male rivals for trainer Mark Casse.

After losing her career debut last July at Saratoga, Catch A Glimpse has ripped off six consecutive wins, including a win in the $1 million Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf last fall at Keeneland. This year she has already won three Grade III stakes races,

Casse has also nominated multiple-graded stakes winner Airoforce to the Penn Mile. He gave himself a second option with Catch a Glimpse by making her eligible for the Penn Oaks, which is restricted to 3-year-old fillies.

Trainer Chad Brown captured the Penn Mile with Bobby’s Kitten in 2014 and sent out Penn Mile nominees Camelot Kitten and Beach Patrol for a one-two finish in the American Turf. He also has potential starters for the Mountainview and Penn Oaks, and Todd Pletcher, America’s leading trainer, has nominated a total of 15 horses.

Eclipse Award winning jockey Javier Castellano won last year’s Penn Oaks and Mountainview Handicap, and he is expected back for this year’s million-dollar program. Joel Rosario, who won the 2015 Penn Mile aboard Force The Pass, and Florent Geroux, one of the sport’s rising stars, is also slated to ride on the card.