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 15, 2021.


Edwin Gonzalez — recently departed from Penn National to ride at Gulfstream Park — has been the clear leader since January 15, registering a score of 123; the only other rider above 100 is Andrew Wolfsont (101).

Gonzalez led the track during the period with 27 wins — 12 clear of Wolfsont — and a 31% strike rate. He also had a respectable -19% wagering ROI.

Wolfsont had a +12% wagering ROI that was the best among riders with more than five wins at the track. He also has 15 wins and a 21% strike rate.

The only other rider with more than five wins and a positive wagering ROI was Jorge L. Vargas, Jr., who has 92 points to tie for third with Ricardo Chiappe (14 wins, -1% ROI). Vargas has 11 wins, a 25% strike rate, and a +5% ROI.

The average for all riders at Penn National was47.55.

1Gonzalez Edwin123
2Wolfsont Andrew101
3Chiappe Ricardo92
4Vargas Jr Jorge L92
5Beato Inoel90


Trainer Jamie Ness has been pretty much the definition of “on fire” at Penn National the last several weeks. With limited opportunities, he’s won with six of 13 starters (46%) while registering a +96% wagering ROI that’s best among all trainers there with more than three wins.

All of that has given him a Penn-topping score of 143. He’s followed by Demelza McMahon (7 wins, +33% ROI) and Flint Stites (9 wins, +27% ROI).

Track wins leader Tim Kreiser (16 wins, 25% strike rate) is next with 110 points, followed by Paulina Sinnefia (3-for-10, +151% ROI).

The average for all trainers at Penn National was 46.38 points.

1Ness Jamie143
2Mcmahon Demelza122
3Stites Flint W114
4Kreiser Timothy C110
5Sinnefia Paulina105