Trainer Joe Pennino celebrated
his 90th birthday Monday at Fair Grounds by saddling his son Frank’s
Louisiana-bred mare Lil Initiative in the third race of the day.
Pennino, who took out his trainer’s
license in 1941 and talks of galloping Thoroughbreds through unpaved New
Orleans streets in his youth,
has been a jockey, jockey’s agent, owner and trainer during his career.
Lil Initiative ran seventh in Monday’s
six-furlong test for older Louisiana
bred fillies and mares.