Penn National: NY Traffic Returns in The Chocolate Town Stakes

By | June 17, 2022

Penn National doesn’t often take the racing spotlight. However, Friday’s card features 2 quality stakes races. The 6 furlong dirt stakes will go off as races 5 and 6 of the 8 race card.

Penn National

Penn National is owned by Hollywood Gaming and Casino which also owns several other racetracks including Charles Town.

The track includes a 1 mile dirt oval and a turf course which sits inside of the main track. The biggest race at Penn National is the Penn Mile held each and every year. It is the track’s only graded stakes race during the meet.

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Full Card Analysis

Penn National Race Course Race 1

Post: 6:00 PM ET; Purse: $15,400 Claiming, 1 Mile 70 Yards on Turf; Entries: 9

  • #1 COURT AND SPARK (9-2) is worth a look here given edges in connections & form.
  • #4 CORT’N ASONG (5-2) is in with a great chance based on the horse’s record at the distance & power rating.
  • #3 VITESSE (12-1) will likely have the stamina to outlast these in the final jumps of the race.
  • #8 I SAY I PLAY (7-2) is competitive in the speed figure department and may be able to play a factor in this spot.

Selections: 1-4-3-8

Penn National Race Course Race 2

Post: 6:27 PM ET; Purse: $21,500 Maiden Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #3 BUFF AND SHINE (3-1) rates well on speed figures and comes from a good barn.
  • #1 JUST DIVINE (5-2) looks tough to beat here given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & class.
  • #5 NOTEWORTHY (3-1) will likely have the stamina to outlast these in the final jumps of the race.
  • #4 KNOCKDOWN KID (4-1) has to be respected based on the connections.

Selections: 3-1-5-4

Penn National Race Course Race 3

Post: 6:54 PM ET; Purse: $15,400 Claiming, 1 Mile 70 Yards on Turf; Entries: 9

  • #9 BEACH TRAFFIC (5-1) is in with a great chance based on the horse’s connections & power rating.
  • #4 MY FRIEND FRANK (5-2) is in the best form of late and that could be dangerous in this group.
  • #8 DRAMATIZED (9-2) looks to have to have kept the best company in the previous starts.
  • #6 THE TRAIN (7-2) has been solid at the level and distance before and could do so once again.

Selections: 9-4-8-6

Penn National Race Course Race 4

Post: 7:22 PM ET; Purse: $18,000 Starter Optional Claiming, 5 Furlongs on Turf; Entries: 8

  • #3 TAK E LADY (4-1) could get a perfect pace scenario today.
  • #1 MADE TO HUSTLE (2-1) is a major player in today’s race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & power rating.
  • #2 IDES OF MARCH (7-2) should be competitive today based on the horse’s speed & form.
  • #7 NINJA PRINCESS (8-1) looks like the best of the rest in this spot.

Selections: 3-1-2-7

Penn National Race Course Race 5

Post: 7:49 PM ET; Purse: $100,000 Susquehanna Valley S., 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #5 FILLE D’ESPRIT (7-2) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #2 CINNABUNNY (4-1) is worth a look here given edges in class & form.
  • #4 HEY MAMALUKE (3-1) has a great shot in the race given the speed & class.
  • #7 BOLD CONFECTION (10-1) could get a really nice pace setup in this race and could definitely be a threat to outrun the odds here.

Selections: 5-2-4-7

Penn National Race Course Race 6

Post: 8:16 PM ET; Purse: $100,000 Chocolate Town S., 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 11

NY Traffic, Penn National favorite, nosed at Monmouth
#7 NY Traffic loses narrowly to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Authentic in the 2020 Haskell | Photo Credit Xpress Bet
  • #11 NY TRAFFIC (5-2) has a great shot in the race given the speed & class. This one was once on the triple crown trail and may just may be more talented than these.
  • #4 SIR ALFRED JAMES (6-1) has to be respected based on the connections.
  • #2 BEREN (4-1) has a really strong power rating according Brisnet. These ratings can be extremely dangerous at a dirt sprint.
  • #10 PICTOR (10-1) may get a really good pace scenario and is a threat to hit the board at a fat price.

Selections: 11-4-2-10

Penn National Race Course Race 7

Post: 8:43 PM ET; Purse: $28,000 Allowance, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 8

  • #1 POLISHED GEM (6-1) is in with a great chance based on the horse’s class & pace.
  • #2 CHARGE THROUGH (6-1) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #8 QUEEN’S DREAM (5-1) is the horse that just may be circling into top form and ready to put up a big run in this spot.
  • #6 ELITE SPEED (10-1) merits consideration in this spot given the recent speed figures & stamina.

Selections: 1-2-8-6

Penn National Race Course Race 8

Post: 9:10 PM ET; Purse: $10,800 Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #1 FRANK N DUCKY (2-1) is a major player in today’s race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & early pace.
  • #4 KATZ ME AT NOON (3-1) is worth a look here given edges in connections & record at the distance.
  • #7 ORASHI (9-2) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #6 JACK BE NIMBLE (5-2) comes into the race signaling a big performance in the near future.

Selections: 1-4-7-6

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