Graded Winners Populate Penn National Stakes

Graded Winners Populate Penn National Stakes
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Rattlesnake Bridge makes his third start of the year in the Mountainview.

Graded-stakes winners will spice up the action in the $250,000 Mountainview Handicap and $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup Stakes June 1 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

They are two of seven stakes on an evening program that features the inaugural $500,000 Penn Mile for 3-year-olds on the turf. The Penn Dash for sprinters on the dirt split into two $50,000 divisions, necessitating the extra stakes.

The Mountainview, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on dirt, attracted a field of eight including Prince Faisal bin Khaled bin Abdulaziz’ Macho Macho, winner of the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) last year; Robert LaPenta’s Easter Gift, who won the grade III Smarty Jones Stakes last year; and George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire, who claimed the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) in 2011.

But they will have to contend with a horse that hasn’t won a graded stakes: Mill House’s Rattlesnake Bridge, who in 2011 at 3 finished second in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).  The 5-year-old Tapit   horse will make his third start of the year in the Mountainview for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin after missing the entire 2012 season.

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup, at five furlongs on the grass, attracted a field of 11, including hard-knocking graded-stakes winners Ben's Cat, Bridgetown, and Chamberlain Bridge. Last year’s winner, Thomas McClay’s Kyma, hasn’t won a graded stakes but is three-for-three at five furlongs on the turf at Penn National and enters the race off a solid allowance victory at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in his first start of the year.

The 5-year-old Belong to Me gelding is based at Penn National with trainer Brandon Kulp.

The Governor’s Cup is race two and the Mountainview race three. They are part of an all-stakes Pick 4 that begins in the first race and ends with the Penn Mile.

First post time at Penn National for the Saturday card is 6 p.m. EDT. The forecast for Central Pennsylvania calls for a high temperature in the upper 80s with a slight chance of thunderstorms. 

$250,000 Mountainview Handicap (Race 3, approximate post 6:56 p.m. EDT), 3YOs & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (Dirt)

PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, Odds

1. Rattlesnake Bridge (KY), J R Velazquez, 115,K P McLaughlin, 5/2
2. Macho Macho (KY), J Rosario, 116, S M Asmussen, 7/2
3. Adirondack King (KY), S Elliott, 114, J C Servis, 10/1
4. Easter Gift (KY), K Carmouche, 116, C C Brown, 9/2
5. Jimanator (KY), S Russell, 114, M J Trombetta, 8/1
6. Pants On Fire (KY), P Lopez, 116, K J Breen, 4/1
7. Norman Asbjornson (PA), J Rose, 114, C A Mancilla, 8/1
8. Great Investment (PA), E Strunk-Micklos, 113, J D Conner, 15/1
 
$150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Stakes (Race 2, approximate post 6:28 p.m. EDT), 3YOs & Up, 5 Furlongs (Turf)
PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, Odds
1. Tightend Touchdown (FL), J Castellano, 119, J Servis, 6/1
2. Catalactic (PA), Q Hamilton, 119, J M Baird, 12/1
3. Icon Ike (KY), J Rosario, 122, J L Jones, 6/1 
4. Kyma (PA), D G Whitney, 122, B L Kulp, 8/1
5. Sneaking Uponyou (FL), D Centeno, 119, M Ness, 30/1
6. Fufty Too (KY), E Strunk-Micklos, 119, J D Conner, 50/1
7. Chamberlain Bridge (KY), M Mena, 122, W B Calhoun, 5/1
8. Snow Leopard (KY), W P Otero, 115, C Crane, 50/1
9. Bridgetown (FL), J R Velazquez, 122, T A Pletcher, 3/1
10. Tiempo Libre (KY), K Carmouche, 119, T C Kreiser, 20/1
11. Ben's Cat (MD), J Pimentel, 122, K T Leatherbury, 5/2

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