The hard-hitting Page McKenney rallied from well off the pace to capture Saturday's Grade 3 Salvator Mile, scoring a half-length victory over Shaft of Light in the $100,000 event. It was the 8-year-old gelding's 22nd career win in 56 starts and his first appearance at Monmouth Park.
Ridden by Horacio Karamanos, Page McKenney paid $17.60 to win and covered the mile in 1:36.49.
“I was hoping for a little bit more speed early but we got what we got,” said trainer Mary Eppler. “He just tries so hard. He's all heart, just an amazing horse.”
Page McKenney, an 8-year-old Pennsylvania-bred gelding by Eavesdropper, has now earned $1.8 million over the course of his career.
“It was tough at the eighth pole because the horses in front of us were not stopping much,” added Karamanos. “But my horse was coming. At the sixteenth pole I knew I had it.”
Dark Artist, a 3-year-old filly trained by Jane Cibelli and ridden by Trevor McCarthy captured the $75,000 Boiling Springs Stakes, holding off favored Reversethedecision by three quarters of a length. Dark Artist paid $15.60 to win in a field of 10 fillies going a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.
In the John J. Reilly Handicap Brother Chub ran down his full brother Chublicious to win the $60,000 six-furlong dash by 2½ lengths. Trained by Michael Moore and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Brother Chub won his fourth straight race and his been first or second in all 12 starts since being claimed for $12,500 more than a year ago.
Chublicious was seeking his third straight win in the John Reilly, but the victory by his full brother means their sire – Hey Chub – both won the Reilly (in 2007) and sired two winners of the annual stakes.
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