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Photo of Rydilluc courtesy of Kenny Martin/Gulfstream Park

The inaugural running on the Penn Mile Stakes drew a solid field of budding stars looking to break into the ranks of a turf male division that includes Point of Entry, Little Mike, and reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

Leading the charge is morning-line favorite Noble Tune, who will break from the rail in this one-mile contest on the Grantville, Pa., lawn. Chad Brown trains the beautifully bred dark bay colt whose lone loss in five career starts was a narrow defeat in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

No 3-year-old stakes would be complete without several runners from the Todd Pletcher barn, and this is no exception. Charming Kitten has never been off the board in a turf race and should relish the chance to get back on his preferred surface after not handled the Churchill Downs dirt during training hours and only mustering a ninth-place finish in the slop in the Kentucky Derby.

Charming Kitten will head postward with stablemate Jack Milton, who will cut back from three stellar career efforts at the 1 1/16-mile distance. Adding to his form is the fact that several of the contenders he narrowly beat in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes last out at Keeneland have come back to win.

While Jack Milton should be content to sit just off the pace, it would appear Rydilluc will be the front-runner. The near-black colt had a 3-race losing streak snapped with a narrow defeat in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes last out, but he has the confidence of his trainer, Gary Contessa, who believes he “has the best turf 3-year-old in the country.” Though the son of Medaglia d'Oro had the points to run in the Kentucky Derby, Contessa opted to properly nurse a very minor foot bruise and point to this spot instead.

The lone Canadian invader is Are You Kidding Me from the Roger Attfield barn. Second by a nose to Noble Tune on the Tampa turf in March, the bay son of Run Away and Hide has run two very good efforts at the mile distance and has just been a bit unlucky to not own more than two victories.

Also in the field are locally based longshots Pitch N Roll (stretching out off an allowance win in his second start off a layoff), Yougotthatgoinforu (off a line-through effort when he clipped heels and lost the jockey on the Preakness undercard), and Triple Cross (who has a knack for finding trouble and running second).

My Selections:

Rydilluc

Noble Tune

Are You Kidding Me

Jack Milton

$500,000 Penn Mile Stakes

Saturday, Penn National Race Course, Race 4, 7:26 p.m. ET

3-year-olds, one mile (turf)

PP

Horse

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1

Noble Tune (KY)

J Castellano

122

C Brown

2-1

2

Pitch N Roll (PA)

H Villa-Gomez

116

R G Potts

20-1

3

Yougotthatgoinforu (PA)

E Flores

116

J M Rogers

50-1

4

Are You Kidding Me (KY)

L Saez

116

R L Attfield

12-1

5

Triple Cross (FL)

M G Pino

116

A Rice

20-1

6

Jack Milton (KY)

J R Velazquez

122

T A Pletcher

3-1

7

Rydilluc (KY)

E S Prado

122

G C Contessa

5-2

8

Charming Kitten (KY)

J Rosario

122

T A Pletcher

4-1

 


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Molly Jo Rosen

Growing up halfway between Hollywood Park and Del Mar, Molly Jo Rosen spent more time at the "horse beach" than the sandy ones. One ride on a pony named Coco at 18 months old had her hooked, and she spent 15 years as a showjumper before a routine birthday trip to Del Mar came with the realization that racing was the life she wanted.

Since then, Molly Jo has traveled across the country working on the best backstretches, frontstretches and farms in the industry. She has held positions with TVG, Churchill Downs, Three Chimneys Farm, and Puglisi Racing, among others.

Now managing member of the Post Parade Racing ownership group, Molly Jo also runs 2yoSales.com (providing data to leading trainers on the juvenile sales), co-hosts the popular podcast Post Parade with The Filly and The Clocker, and can be heard Sundays on "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 am.

Molly Jo serves her blend of pony punditry at FocusedFilly.com.

Image Description

Molly Jo Rosen

Growing up halfway between Hollywood Park and Del Mar, Molly Jo Rosen spent more time at the "horse beach" than the sandy ones. One ride on a pony named Coco at 18 months old had her hooked, and she spent 15 years as a showjumper before a routine birthday trip to Del Mar came with the realization that racing was the life she wanted.

Since then, Molly Jo has traveled across the country working on the best backstretches, frontstretches and farms in the industry. She has held positions with TVG, Churchill Downs, Three Chimneys Farm, and Puglisi Racing, among others.

Now managing member of the Post Parade Racing ownership group, Molly Jo also runs 2yoSales.com (providing data to leading trainers on the juvenile sales), co-hosts the popular podcast Post Parade with The Filly and The Clocker, and can be heard Sundays on "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 am.

Molly Jo serves her blend of pony punditry at FocusedFilly.com.

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