2023 Penn Oaks & Penn Mile Recap

Friday 2nd June saw the biggest night of racing at Penn National with two races, the 2023 Penn Mile and 2023 Penn Oaks taking center stage. 

The main event of the evening was the Penn Mile. In a race with a $400,000 prize pool, it was the Todd Pletcher-trained Major Dude who confirmed his superiority on the field to land his second Graded prize of the year. 

The other big race of the night was the Penn Oaks where Todd Pletcher was hoping to complete a memorable evening with race favorite Princess Bettina. However, in what was a slight turn-up, it was the Jack Sisterton-trained Malleymoo who would come out on top, winning her first race since moving to the States. 

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2023 Penn Mile

Grade 2, 1 mile, Turf, open to three-year-old horses. Total prize pool: $400,000

  1. Major Dude +160
  2. Behind Enemy Lines +500
  3. Fletcher +2000

Winning time: 1:33.73

Major Dude produced a remarkable burst of speed inside the final furlong to land the biggest prize of his career in this year’s Penn Mile.

Jumping out of the gate alertly, jockey Irad Ortiz positioned Major Dude at the front of the field where he was tucked in behind the front running Recruiter.

Seemingly in the ideal position up the inside rail, the narrative of the race was flipped in an instant when Behind Enemy Lines made his move just before the home turn. Coming from out wide Behind Enemy Lines’ move caught the rest of the field completely unawares and all of a sudden Major Dude had a real race on his hands. 

Finding his path blocked, Ortiz had to switch his mount from the inside to the far outside to try and catch the leader. 

Still full of running, Major Dude turned on the jets and as he hit the final furlong had Behind Enemy Lines clearly in his sights. Closing with every stride, he was able to draw alongside his rival and with just a hundred yards left to race powered to the front to complete a stunning victory. 

Behind Enemy Lines was able to secure second whilst Fletcher ran on late to pinch third. 

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2023 Pen Mile Payouts

Position Horse WinPlace Show
1Major Dude$2.80$2.10$2.10
2Behind Enemy Lines$2.60$2.40
3Fletcher $11.60

2023 Penn Oaks

STK, 1 mile, Turf, open to three-year-old fillies. Total prize pool: $150,000

  1. Malleymoo +800
  2. Metaphysical +800
  3. Princess Bettina +180

Winning time: 1:34.89

A flurry of late withdrawals left only five horses in the field for this year’s Penn Oaks. The favorite for the contest was Princess Bettina who was having her first start for Todd Pletcher following a dominant success in the 2023 China Doll Stakes.

With all five runners breaking well, it was Malleymoo who took up the early running and she would never let another runner pass. 

Dictating the early fractions, her nearest challenger was the Jeff Hiles-trained Metaphysical. With the pace modest at best, the front running pair gradually wound it up and as they hit the home turn the tempo of the race dramatically shifted. 

It was clear that the race would come down to a match between Malleymoo and Metaphysical stretching further clear of the field, the two set down to battle. 

With neither giving an inch and the line fast approaching, it was Malleymoo who started to get on top. With Metaphysical still refusing to yield she pushed her rival all the way, but her efforts would ultimately prove to be in vain. 

Winning by just under a length, the win was Malleymoo’s first since moving to America. Connections of Metaphysical would have been delighted with second place whilst Princess Bettina finished a long way behind in third.

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2023 Penn Oaks Payouts

Position Horse WinPlace Show
1Malleymoo$24.20$7.60$3.60
2Metaphysical $5.80$3.00
3Princess Bettina$2.10

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