Bronx Beauty
Bronx Beauty proved best in the 2019 Penn Ladies Dash at Penn National. Photo by Allison Janezic.

Which jockeys and trainers at Penn National have been hot? Funny you should ask: we wondered the same thing.

So we created a quick-and-dirty metric for the handicappers among us. The metric includes wins, win percentage, and wagering return on investment in one number. To limit it to who’s hot, we’ve included data from just the past 50 or so days — since January 8, 2021.


There’s a dead heat atop the jockey leaderboard, with meet wins and earnings leader Edwin Gonazlez and Andrew Wolfsont, second in wins and third in earnings, tied with 108 points. They are well clear of the rest of the top five: Jackie Davis, Ricardo Chiappe, and Inoel Beato.

Gonzalez has 24 wins to take a clear lead in that category, while Wolfsont’s 16 wins are good for second. Gonzalez also is winning at a 28% clip, best at the track, while Wolfsont (23%) is also runner-up in this category.

Wolfson’t +25% wagering return on investment boosts his standing considerably — to even with Gonzalez. But it’s Jackie Davis whose wagering ROI is most critical; her +143% ROI allows her to jump into third despite being eighth with eight wins and having a solid but not exceptional 17% strike rate.

The average for all riders at Penn National was 51,15.

1Wolfsont Andrew108
2Gonzalez Edwin108
3Davis Jacqueline A89
4Chiappe Ricardo86
5Beato Inoel81


With a fast start to the season, Demelza McMahon has soared to the top of the Penn National leaderboard of “on-fire” trainers. McMahon has 119 points, giving her the advantage over Jamie Ness and Rachel Sells, both of whom also top 100.

McMahon has seven wins — tied for third overall — and a stellar 32% strike rate. She also has a strong +27% wagering ROI. Jamie Ness — with five wins, a 31% strike rate, and a +41% wagering ROI cuts a similar profile to McMahon and is second with 108 points.

The rest of the top five includes two trainers with limited starts and a third, Tim Kreiser, who leads the track in starts and wins. Kreiser, who has 14 wins but a -46% ROI, is fourth with 97 points. He’s sandwiched by Rachel Sells (100 points, 3 wins and a +184% ROI) and Wanda Flores (94 points, 1 win and +3,320% ROI).

The average for all trainers at Penn National was 46.1 points.

1Mcmahon Demelza119
2Ness Jamie108
3Sells Rachel100
4Kreiser Timothy C97
5Flores Wanda L94