North American Trainer, Angel Penna Jr., dies at 74

Angel Penna Jr. was a trainer in North America who had 54 graded stakes winners, including a dozen at the highest stakes level.

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Angel Penna Jr., a ‘Classy Gentleman,’ dies.

At the age of 74, Angel Penna Jr. passed away in South Florida. Published accounts state that at the time of his death, Penna was living in an assisted living home owing to the development of dementia.

Angel Penna Jr., 74, passed away in South Florida. Penna died while residing in an assisted living facility due to the onset of dementia, according to published reports. He passed away in 1992, at the age of 68. Penna Sr. was a well-known horseman who lived by the adage “don’t squeeze the lemon dry.”

The younger Penna, who worked with his father for a while, started his training in Europe and moved to the United States in 1980. In 1981, the Chilean-bred El Barril became his first graded race winner.

The following year, though, he trained the Cynthia Phipps homebred Christmas Past to become the best 3-year-old filly. The Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and G1 Ruffian Handicap were two of the five graded events that the daughter of Grey Dawn II won during her campaign. In the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, Penna raced against more experienced men, and she came in third.

G1 Gulfstream Park

The next year, Christmas Past returned to win the G1 Gulfstream Park Handicap over male competitors. For owner Brownell Combs II, Penna turned A Phenomenon into one of the best sprinters in the nation in 1983. A Phenomenon won three stakes races that year, including the Vosburgh at Belmont Park, the only Grade 1 sprint event that was being run at the time.

Chinook Pass of California defeated him in the race for the Eclipse Award as the best sprinter. For Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Farm, Penna trained a number of elite horses, including the dual G1 champion Cool and Laugh and Be Merry, a daughter of Erins Isle who was named the champion grass mare in 1990 after winning 5-of-8 starts, including the G1 Flower Bowl Handicap.

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Penna never had a large stable under his management; in fact, 1985 was his busiest year, with 181 starts and 38 victories. In recent years, he has been stationed permanently in South Florida, with an average of fewer than 40 starts each year. On November 4, 2021, he saddled his last mount, Only Time, who finished third in a maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park.

Carvajal said,

“He was like a father figure,” “I had a good horse, Imperial Hint , and any time I had a question, he helped me out.”

About Early Life and Family members

Angel Penna Jr. was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 27, 1948(74 years old). He holds an Argentine Nationality and he belongs to the white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Cancer.

Angel Penna Jr Family

Angel Penna Jr. is the son of the Hall of Fame trainer, Angel Penna Sr.