Penn Mile Diaries: Pennsylvania’s Hidden Gem

Events / Travel
Fans packed the track apron at Penn National for an exciting day of racing, topped by Frostmourne’s win in the Penn Mile. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

I love visiting new tracks for the first time: it’s an adventure, and I adore finding a new place to explore and mark off my checklist.

I was invited to this year’s Penn Mile Stakes at Penn National by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association, and I was eager to make my inaugural voyage to the Keystone State’s hidden gem of a racetrack. I boarded an Amtrak in Penn Station, and a little less than three hours later I arrived in Harrisburg. A quick Lyft ride from the state capital brought me to Penn National, nestled under the Blue Mountains to create an oasis of racing.

In the slideshow below, I’ll walk you through my afternoon on Penn Mile day. I hope you consider a trip there in the future – it just takes one visit to fall in love!

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