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.
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