Hard-Knocking Page McKenney Earns 22nd Career Win In Salvator Mile

The hard-hitting Page McKenney rallied from well off the pace to capture Saturday’s Grade 3 Salvator Mile, scoring a half-length victory over Shaft of Light in the $100,000 event. It was the 8-year-old gelding’s 22nd career win in 56 starts and his first appearance at Monmouth Park.

Ridden by Horacio Karamanos, Page McKenney paid $17.60 to win and covered the mile in 1:36.49.

“I was hoping for a little bit more speed early but we got what we got,” said trainer Mary Eppler. “He just tries so hard. He’s all heart, just an amazing horse.”

Dark Artist, a 3-year-old filly trained by Jane Cibelli and ridden by Trevor McCarthy captured the $75,000 Boiling Springs Stakes, holding off favored Reversethedecision by three quarters of a length. Dark Artist paid $15.60 to win in a field of 10 fillies going a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.

In the John J. Reilly Handicap Brother Chub ran down his full brother Chublicious to win the $60,000 six-furlong dash by 2½ lengths. Trained by Michael Moore and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Brother Chub won his fourth straight race and his been first or second in all 12 starts since being claimed for $12,500 more than a year ago.

Chublicious was seeking his third straight win in the John Reilly, but the victory by his full brother means their sire – Hey Chub – both won the Reilly (in 2007) and sired two winners of the annual stakes.

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