Dave Penna

David "Dave" Penna (January 11, 1958 - January 13, 2004) was an American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing who competed in the United States but had his gretest successes in Canada.

Born in Auburn, New York, he began his career as a professional rider in 1978 and three years later went to compete at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. In a career that spanned nineteen years, from 12,527 mounts he had 1,772 winners which earned purses totaling more than $39.5 million. Two of his most notable wins came in Canada's Triple Crown races.

One of the top riders in the 1980s and very popular with the Woodbine fans, Dave Penna rode primarily in Ontario at the Fort Erie Racetrack, and at Greenwood Raceway and Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. In the 1990s, he began riding more frequently in the United States where he won important Graded stakes races at Keeneland Race Course in Kentucky, Gulfstream Park in Florida. In 1995 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey he won his last Grade I race, the Philip H. Iselin Handicap. A racing accident resulted in an injury that forced Penna to retire in 1996 and for a short time he turned to training horses at Gulfstream Park.

In 2004, Dave Penna died at age 46 in Saanich, British Columbia.

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1996 No Foul Play Steve Bahen Margaret Spencer Margaret Spencer 126.60 1995 Hello Rachel Dave Penna Roger Attfield Windhaven 125.40 1994 Krz Ldy Larry Attard Mike DePaulo ... Noel Hickey Irish Acres Farm 126.20 1988 Dance For Lucy Dave Penna Sheldon Wolfe Hellenic Stable et al ... Day Sam-Son Farm 127.40 1986 Water Chimes Dave Penna James E ...
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... Stronach 109.60 1993 British Banker 5 Dave Penna Michael J ... Megas Vukefalos 4 Don Seymour Phil England Knob Hill Stable 109.00 1991 Hadif 5 Dave Penna Tom Skiffington, Jr. 1987 Play The King 4 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 109.80 1986 New Connection 5 Dave Penna Trevor Swan J ...