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Trainers: If Pimlico Closes For Training, We May Have To Leave Maryland

After a report was released last week indicating it would take $424 million to rebuild Pimlico Race Course, trainers stabled there spoke to The Racing Biz about the practical considerations of having to face a future without racing at the historic facility. While some wondered how Laurel Park could sustain turf racing for the majority […]

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Saturday’s MATCH Series Finale At Laurel To Determine Overall Championship

The overall championship in the 2018 MATCH Series—and more than $100,000 in bonus money—will be decided on Saturday at Laurel Park. The track will host the three final races in the 25-race series: the grade III, $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt Division), $100,000 Laurel Dash (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Turf […]

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MATCH Winner Page McKenney Inducted Into Parx Hall Of Fame

Pennsylvania-bred Page McKenney had already accomplished quite a bit before his 2018 campaign ended prematurely with retirement in August, but he left the racetrack with additional recognition: a MATCH Series division title and induction into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame. Page McKenney, owned by Adam Staple and Jalin Stable and trained by Mary Eppler, […]

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Eppler-Trained Oak Bluffs In The Hunt For MATCH Overall Championship

The top spots for two MATCH Series divisions already are secure, but races on the final weekend will determine the standings in other divisions as well as the overall championship. Two divisions—the 3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Turf Division and the 3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt Division—remain wide open heading into the Sept. 15 final legs at Laurel […]

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Fan-Favorite Millionaire Page McKenney Retired With Filling In Tendon

Adam Staple knew the time was getting closer when the best horse he has ever owned, popular 8-year-old claimer-turned-multiple stakes-winning millionaire Page McKenney, would stop racing. With that in mind, Staple was somewhat prepared for the sudden retirement of Page McKenney Aug. 24 with a tendon injury in his left front leg. “The one saving […]

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Page McKenney Wins MATCH Division, Pennsylvania Bonus For Breeder

When the connections of Page McKenney saw the overnight for Aug. 25 at Parx Racing and the field for the $100,000 Sal DeBunda President’s Cup, they knew the 8-year-old gelding had won his MATCH Series division. Majority owner Adam Staple and trainer Mary Eppler regularly follow series developments and are well aware of how important […]

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MATCH Series: Imprimis Takes Wolf Hill, But Oaks Bluffs Maintains Divisional Lead

Breeze Easy’s Imprimis rebounded from a troubled trip in a Canadian grade I stakes in his previous start to win the $75,000 Wolf Hill Stakes, fourth of five races in the MATCH Series 3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Turf Division, at Monmouth Park July 29. It was the 4-year-old gelding’s second win in two MATCH starts, which […]

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MATCH Series: Page McKenney, Oak Bluffs Hope To Pad Divisional Leads At Monmouth

Page McKenney and Oak Bluffs, who thus far haven’t missed a race in their respective MATCH Series divisions, will seek to bolster their positions in the standings when the series returns to Monmouth Park July 29. The Grade 3, $150,000 Monmouth Cup (3-Year-Olds and Up Long—Dirt Division) and the $75,000 Wolf Hill Stakes (3-Year-Olds and […]

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MATCH Division Leader Oak Bluffs Tops Parx Dash

The top three finishers in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup are among the 12 entered in the grade III, $200,000 Parx Dash, the third of five MATCH Series stakes in the 3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Turf Division. The Parx Dash at five furlongs on the grass is one of two MATCH events July 7 at Parx Racing; […]

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Match Series At Monmouth: Division Leader Page McKenney Still Going Strong At 8

Trainer Mary Eppler has stopped being surprised by Page McKenney’s accomplishments, having come to accept the tough-as-nails gelding for what he is. “He’s just a special horse,” she said. “There’s not much else you need to say about him.” Fresh off a victory in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on May 26, the 8-year-old Page McKenney […]

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