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2014 Penn Mile

Penn Mile at Penn National

Bobby's KittenThis Saturday we have the $500,000 Penn Mile Stakes on tap at Penn National where a field of 8 three rear olds will battle it out over 1 mile on the turf. The Penn Mile is the 4th race on the card Saturday. The morning line favorite is Bobby’s Kitten at 8/5. Bobby’s Kitten bounced pretty bad in his last outing, running 12th in the Grade 1 BlueGrass at Keeneland, but looks to redeem himself here. Whatever you do, don’t let that last race fool you- Bobby’s Kitten will be the one to beat in this one. Trained by Chad Brown, he will have Javier Castellano in the irons. Although he certainly looks ready to pounce on this field, you know how we feel about the chalk around here. Let’s see what we can find and at a good price!

CoastlineLooking to challenge Bobby’s Kitten for the early lead will be Storming Inti at 3 to 1 on the ML. In his last three outings, Storming Inti had Javier Castellano on board, but it looks as though Javier has opted for Bobby’s Kitten for this race. Instead, Storming Inti will have Alan Garcia in the saddle for this race. Not necessarily a bad thing since Garcia was his jockey in the last race he won- the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream back in January. Both Bobby’s Kitten and Storming Inti should be considered for your exotics, but in turf races I lean towards a horse that can come off of the pace or from the clouds, especially in this one. For value, I would have to go with Global View at 5/2 on the morning line. He made an awesome come-from-behind charge in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill and I look for him to make another big run in this race. Gary Stevens gets the mount again here, and he’ll put Global View where he needs to be to get the job done here. My longshot play is Coastline at 10/1 on the ML. This distance is perfect for him and I think he could very well upset this field at a very nice price! Good luck everybody!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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