Industry Profile: Jockey Frankie Pennington

He still has the traces of a Texas accent, but this soft-spoken young jockey has established himself as one of the leading riders in Pennsylvania.

With 2652* wins in his stellar career to date, jockey Frankie Pennington is currently 2nd in the jockey standings at Parx, and he’s happy to have made his way here after learning to ride when he was a teen in his hometown of Big Spring, Texas. “When my mom met my stepfather, Rodney Faulkner, who trains horses, he started teaching me to ride by galloping babies and horses around the cotton field,” he remembered. His career path then became very clear to him. “Once my Mom introduced me to the man who would eventually become my stepfather, when he brought me around horses, I knew right away that’s what I wanted.”

 

Faulkner relocated to train in Ohio, and Frankie followed him. In 2003, he started riding at Thistledown, and a year later, at age 16, moved in with his agent Robert Martel in the Philadelphia area, and started riding at Penn National and at Philadelphia Park (now Parx)…

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