Night Prowler

Night Prowler

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Night Prowler Well-Spotted in Rich Penn Mile

One of 11 3-year-olds entered in the $500,000 turf stakes May 30 at Penn National.

Paul Pompa Jr.'s Night Prowler, winner of the grade III Transylvania Stakes on the grass at Keeneland in his previous start, is one of 11 3-year-olds entered in the $500,000 Penn Mile (gr. IT) May 30 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

The Penn Mile, inaugurated in 2013, is graded for the first time this year. The one-mile grass test highlights a five-stakes program at the central Pennsylvania track that begins at the regular start time of 6 p.m. EDT.

Night Prowler, trained by Chad Brown, is the only multiple graded-stakes winner in the field. The Giant's Causeway  colt also won the Dania Beach Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park in early January to begin his 3-year-old campaign. In that race he finished a neck ahead of A Lot, who has since finished second to the impressive Divisidero in the American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs and won the Paradise Creek Stakes at Belmont Park.

In six career starts, Night Prowler has raced only on the turf and has won from distances of seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on firm, soft, and yielding courses. The makeup of the Penn Mile field would appear to suit his off-the-pace running style.

Javier Castellano, aboard for all three of Night Prowler's victories, has the call again at 122 pounds from post 6. He was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Penn Mile.

"He's a nice consistent horse, and this will be a big step for him, but we're going to take a chance," Brown said. "I don't know if I'd call it a prep for anything. We're taking it one step at a time with this horse."

Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who won last year's Penn Mile with the Brown-trained and Castellano-ridden Bobby's Kitten , will be represented this year by the promising Kitten's Joy  colt Granny's Kitten, trained by Mike Maker. Granny's Kitten broke his maiden sprinting on the grass last July, and resurfaced May 10 with a comfortable win in entry-level allowance company at Churchill in a 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Jose Ortiz will ride Granny's Kitten for the first time at 116 pounds from post 1.

The Penn Mile attracted two California shippers: the proven turf competitor Papacoolpapacool and Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, who finished 14th in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after starting from the dreaded rail position.

Cellist Racing Group and Ali Nilforushan's Papacoolpapacool, a gelding by Temple City , won back-to-back turf stakes at Santa Anita Park in his last two starts and is three-for-three since he was transferred to trainer Phil D'Amato. Elvis Trujillo has the call from post 3 at 122 pounds.

D. P. Racing's Ocho Ocho Ocho, a Street Sense  colt trained by James Cassidy, will make his grass debut in the Penn Mile. He won his first three starts, including the Delta Jackpot, at 2, and then finished behind the likes of Dortmund , Carpe Diem , and American Pharoah  in his three races this year.

Mike Smith has the call aboard Ocho Ocho Ocho at 116 pounds from post 4.

"I think he'll like the grass," Cassidy said. "The distance he'll like. I don't have any doubts. He's pretty keen to go. I don't see any negativity (in racing him in the Penn Mile)."

An intriguing entrant is Woody Weeks' Woodwin W, who is undefeated in four starts, the most recent being his first stakes score in the James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day. Trained by Jamie Ness, who has a 30% win rate at Penn National, Woodwin W won the one-mile Murphy in a sharp 1:34.32 on a firm course at Pimlico and seems poised to tackle tougher foes.

Jevian Toledo will ride the More Than Ready  gelding from post 2 at 122 pounds.

The $150,000 Penn Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the turf, drew a field of eight including Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) winner Quality Rocks, who is owned by Flavor Racing, Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable, and Destiny Oaks of Ocala and trained by Bill Mott. Quality Rocks, by Rock Hard Ten, in the Florida Oaks defeated Consumer Credit, who returned to win her next start. In Quality Rocks most recen start May 1, she finished second to Feathered in the Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill.

Jose Lezcano is named to ride Quality Rocks at 122 pounds from post 2. The filly is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Penn Oaks.

Entries: Penn Mile S. (G3T)

Penn National Race Course, Saturday, May 30, 2015, Race 4

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $500,000
  • 3 yo
  • 7:22 PM (local)
11Granny's Kitten (PA)Jose L. Ortiz116Michael J. Maker-
22Woodwin W (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJevian Toledo122Jamie Ness-
33Papacoolpapacool (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateElvis Trujillo122Philip D'Amato-
44Ocho Ocho Ocho (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMike E. Smith116James M. Cassidy-
55Comanche's Storm (FL)Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr.116George S. Bush-
66Night Prowler (KY)Javier Castellano122Chad C. Brown-
77High Noon Rider (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEddie Castro116George Weaver-
88Force the Pass (KY)Joel Rosario122Alan E. Goldberg-
99My Point Exactly (FL)Juan C. Leyva122William A. Kaplan-
1010Tuba (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKerwin D. Clark116Anne P. Smith-
1111Gallery (LA)Jose Lezcano116Michael Dini-

Entries: Penn Oaks

Penn National Race Course, Saturday, May 30, 2015, Race 1

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 6:00 PM (local)
11Red Sashay (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz122Jane Cibelli-
22Quality Rocks (FL)Jose Lezcano122William I. Mott-
33Prize Exhibit (GB)Mike E. Smith116James M. Cassidy-
44B Rockett (NY)Kendrick Carmouche116Victoria H. Oliver-
55Pangburn (KY)Joel Rosario116Kenneth G. McPeek-
66Lady Bling (NY)Elvis Trujillo116David G. Donk-
77Strict Compliance (FL)Javier Castellano116Chad C. Brown-
88Gypsy Judy (KY)Horacio Karamanos116Robin L. Graham-