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.
THE MAN won his seventh straight race in the six furlong $100,000 Banjo Picker Sprint after a thrilling match race with Favorite Tale, a multiple stakes winner who was third in the 2015 G1 Breeders Cup Sprint but was making his first start in almost a year and a half.
With only a four horse field, Favorite Tale,owned by PJG Stable, trained by Guadalupe Preciado and ridden by Frankie Pennington, won the break and went to the front.
Jorge A. Vargas, Jr. on The Man, owned by Natalie J. Baffert and Bernard C. Schiappa and trained by John C. Servis, moved up to the outside of Favorite Tale in the opening furlong.
That pair raced head and head for the last half mile with Favorite Tale holding a slight lead after a quarter in 22.5o and a half in 44.69.
Coming off the turn, The Man put his head in front and won by 1/2 length with Freedom Racing LLC's Yeah Rocky, trained by Dee Curry and ridden by Luis Ocasio, 9 1/2 lengths further back in third.
The Man started his racing career in California, winning his fourth start in a maiden special weight at Santa Anita in March, 2015, and then not racing again until Feb. 15, 2017, when he won an allowance race at Penn National, after which he won another five straight allowance races at Parx before winning his first stakes race in the Banjo Picker.
He now has seven firsts, one second and one third in 10 starts and career earnings of $293,750.
GREAT SOUL won the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes, a 1 1/16 turf race that, despite being moved to the main track after steady rain moved in, still drew eight starters.
Steven and Jane Long's 4-year-old by Great Notion, trained by Thomas F. Proctor and ridden by Brian Pedrosa, stalked the pacesetter Disco Rose, owned by LC Racing, trained by Robert Reid, Jr. and ridden by Edwin Rivera, moved into the lead near the quarter pole and held off a late charge by Barlar LLC's Imply, trained by Bernie Houghton and ridden by Julio Hernandez.
Great Soul won by a neck over Imply with Disco Rose 7 3/4 lengths further back in third.
Great Soul now has five firsts, including two stakes wins, three seconds and one third from nine starts and earnings of $230,950.
WINNING THE MEDAL was the dramatic 15-1 long shot winner of the five furlong $100,000 Marshall Jenney Stakes, also moved from the turf to the main track but still drawing eight entries.
He went off as a long shot despite having won the Jenney last year when it was run on the turf.
R and L Racing's 6-year-old gelding by Medalist, trained by Patricia Farro and ridden by Emmanuel Esquivel, was last in the early stages of the race and was still seven lengths off the lead with a quarter mile to go, but Winning the Medal gained quickly on the leaders in the final furlong, roared past the leaders and won going away by 2 1/2 lengths.
Gary and Stacy Machiz' Late Breaking News, trained by Gary Machiz and ridden by Anthony Salgado was second with Nick Sanna Stables LC and Two Legends Farm's Spartianos, trained by Michael Pino and ridden by Horacio Karamanos, another 3//4 lengths back in third.
Winning the Medal now has five firsts, one second and two thirds from 17 starts and earnings of $273,255.
GRAND PRIX was the front running winner of the six furlong $100,000 Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares 3 and up.
Despite bobbling slightly at the start and coming in to bump Discreet Senorita, Great Soul, owned by HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing LLC, trained by Gary Mandella and ridden by Jose C. Ferrer, was in front after the first 1/16th of a mile.
She opened a clear lead after hitting the quarter in a quick 21.90 and was never threatened, leading by two entering the far turn and by three at the top of the stretch and being eased to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
Someday Farm's Mama Jones, trained by John Servis and ridden by Jorge Vargas, Jr., was second with James M. Courtney's Power of Snunner, trained by Timothy Kreiser and ridden by Dana Whitney another head back in third.
Grand Prix now has four firsts, including two stakes wins, four seconds and two thirds from 13 starts and earnings of $207,750.