Page McKenny wins the $100,000 Roanoke Stakes, goes over $1.5 million in earnings
- By SARA CAVANAGH
Page McKenney ran his career wins to 19 and his earnings to over $1.6 million with his gritty win in the $100,000 Roanoke Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt on Pennsylvania's Day at the Races at Parx Racing on Sept. 2, a day that drew a good crowd despite rainy conditions.
Owned by Adam Staple and Jalin Stable, trained by Mary E. Eppler and ridden by Horacio Karamanos, the 7-year-old gelding by Eavesdropper, the heavy favorite at 3-5, sat third for mostof the race behind pace maker Grasshoppin, owned by Michael W. Jester, trained by Francisco Machado Jr. and ridden by Hector Caballero.
With no other pace in the race, Grasshoppin set slow fractions of 24,69 and a half in 50.17.
Edgar Prado on Augustin Stable's Spring Quality, trained by Graham Motion, realizing the pace was slow, made an aggressive early move, charging from fifth to challenge Grasshoppin at the half mile pole.
Still 3 lengths back at the top of the stretch, Page McKenney had a lot to do, with the leaders having plenty left because of the slow pace, but grinding away he took the lead near the wire and won by a hard fought neck over Spring Quality, with Grasshoppin 1 1/4 lengths further back in third.