Corporate Names: Penn National Turf Club, Inc.; Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc.
Mailing Address: 777 Hollywood Boulevard, Grantville, Pennsylvania 17028
Street Address: Interstate 81, Exit 80, Grantville, Pennsylvania 17028 (click for map)
Telephone: (717) 469-2211
Fax: (717) 469-2910
Web Site: www.hcpn.com
The Grade II Penn Mile continued its record-setting pace to a place among the nation’s most respected turf races when Richard Santulli’s Force The Pass ran down a stellar field to win the 2015 renewal of the $500,000 race for 3-year-olds. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Force The Pass blazed the mile in 1:34.03. Less than one length separated the top seven finishers after a stretch run that saw three different horses in the lead in the final 100 yards. The chestnut colt’s next start was a testimony to the quality of runners the Penn Mile is attracting when he beat the nation’s top 3-year-old grass runners in the inaugural running of the Grade I $1.25 million Belmont Derby on July 4 in New York.
Two wagering marks fell on Penn Mile Day, led by a single-day record all sources handle of $3,827,158. A single-race record of $1,250,969 on the feature event easily surpassed the old mark of $1,139,478 bet on the first Penn Mile in 2013.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course’s parent company, Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PNGI), is the largest operator of pari-mutuel facilities in North America. PNGI operates 12 pari-mutuel facilities in 10 different states, including Thoroughbred tracks Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Racing (host of the Grade II Charles Town Classic and Grade III Charles Town Oaks), Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course (host of the $200,000 Steel City Stakes), Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (host of the Grade III Penn Mile), Sam Houston Race Park (host of the Grade III John B. Connally and Grade III $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic) and Zia Park Casino, Hotel and Racetrack (host of the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks).
PNGI’s portfolio also includes four off-track wagering facilities and two regional account wagering operations. In 2015, PNGI facilities conducted more than 1,150 live racing dates and processed nearly $1 billion in on-track, import and export wagers. In 2016, PNGI tracks will host the third edition of the Penn Gaming Racing Challenge, featuring 20 stakes races with $5 million in purses with starting incentives for owners and trainers and a year end award for the leading owner, trainer, and jockey in the series.
Previous winners of the Penn Gaming Challenge include nationally recognized racing stars such as Jockey Javier Castellano (winner both years), owners Fox Hill Farms and Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and trainers Mike Maker and Chad Brown.
|Officers: Peter M. Carlino, Chairman of the Board
Corporate Vice President–Racing: Christopher McErlean, ext. 3313
General Manager: Frank Quigley, ext. 3202
Director of Facilities: Dinh Vu, ext. 3263
Controller: Heather Nicarry, ext. 3317
Director of Publicity: Fred Lipkin, ext. 3345
Director of Racing: Eric Johnston, ext. 3270
Racing Secretary: David Bailey, ext. 3233
Director of Track Maintenance: Jake Leitzel, ext. 3293
Track Announcer: John Bogar, ext. 3267
Track Photographer: B & D Photography, ext. 3221
Location: Grantville, Pennsylvania – located at Exit 80 off Interstate 81; 13 miles from Harrisburg and 7 miles from Hershey
Nearest City: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (13 miles west); population 67,836; Hershey, Pennsylvania (7 miles south); population 19,323
Nearest Airport: Harrisburg International, 15 miles from the track
Track Data: 1-mile, sandy loam with ¼-mile and ¾-mile chutes: length of stretch, 990 feet; 7-furlong turf course; stable accommodations for 1,200 horses; total acreage: approximately 600