Frankie Pennington reaches 3,000 wins

Frankie Pennington
Jockey Frankie Pennington (holding sign) celebrates winning his 3,000th career victory along with agent Robert Martel (also holding the sign) while Pennington’s valet Ronnie Opitz holds up three fingers in the second row. Photo by Nikki Sherman/EQUI-PHOTO.

Jockey Frankie Pennington reached the brink of 3,000 wins with a win Monday at Parx Racing. And he wasted no time achieving the milestone, winning Tuesday’s lid-lifter to earn the 3,000th win of his excellent, if largely under-the-radar, career.

Aboard favored Mii Amo in a maiden claimer for two-year-old fillies, Pennington put his John Servis-trained mount in the game quickly, pressing the pace of 10-1 shot Swans Island. Mii Amo took over from that rival in midstretch and then had just enough to hold off Shudabeenacowgirl by a head.

Pennington has 3,000 wins from just a bit shy of 16,000 career starts. His mounts have earned more than $88 million.

So far in 2023, Pennington has 99 wins from 511 starts with earnings of about $4 million. It’s his third straight year with more than $4 million in purse earnings.

In fact, Pennington has been a model of consistency during his career, which began in 2003. He won 28 races that year and then 140 the following season. Since then, he’s won at least 100 races every year but one, that being 2013, when he won 91.

He surpassed the $3 million mark in seasonal purse earnings for the first time in 2006 and has been above that level every year since.

Pennington has won eight graded stakes in his career, including a Grade 2 win in the 2018 Remsen with Maximus Mischief and seven Grade 3 wins. His most recent graded wins came in 2021, with Leader of the Band in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks and Magic Michael in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup.

Other top horses Pennington has piloted include Beren, an earner of nearly $900,000; half-million dollar earner Miss Blue Tye Dye; and Always Sunshine, whom he piloted to a win in the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap.