Page McKenny All Heart In PA Derby Champion Stakes

by | 09.23.2017 | 10:21pm
Page McKenney #8 ridden by Horacio Karamanos won the $150,000 PA Derby Champion Stake today at at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on September 23, 2017. Page McKenney turned back challenges by Just Call Kenny #9 and #4 Matt King Coal.

One of the truly amazing horses over the past five years at Parx has been Page McKenney. The seven year-old gelded son of Eavesdropper is a horse that simply refuses to lose, and he wowed the crowd again Saturday with another heart pounding victory in the $150,000 PA Derby Champion Stakes.

Rallying from just off the pace coming off the final turn, Page McKenney, with his signature grit and determination, put away front runner Matt King Coal on his inside and then held off the late running Just Call Kenny on his outside to win by a hard fought neck.

It was the 20th win of his career, the sixth in seven starts over the local track, and raised his lifetime earnings to just over $1.75 million. Despite his amazing record, he was a bit overlooked in the wagering, going off at 6-1, returning $15.20 to win. He is owned by Adam Staple and Jalin Racing Stable, is trained by Mary Eppler and was ridden to victory by his regular rider, Horacio Karamanos.

The final time for the one-mile and one sixteenth over the fast track was 1:44.17.

  • Rick Carroll

    Wonderful horse. The kind every owner and trainer dreams of having. Congratulations to Mary Eppler on her fantastic job with this noble equine.

  • Patricia Diers

    Love these stories–THIS is what makes racing so great. Someone gave up on this horse a few years back –he gets claimed for $16,000 and watch him GO !

  • whirlaway

    Thanks PR for this article Page is such a lovable race horse with a great story. There were some good horses in this field but Page has that racehorse toughness with experience and he found more. Nice performance and Congratulations to Page and connections.

  • Bella

    These are the horses that deserve as much recognition as any horse in the limelight. Page’s story gives us the inspiration to keep cheering for that greatness of grit, determination and courage of the wonderful thoroughbred we all love . Congratulations Page McKenney…a very special horse.

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