Page McKenney won the Richard B. Small Stakes at Laurel Park in November

Page McKenney won the Richard B. Small Stakes at Laurel Park in November

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Page McKenney, Miss Mischief in Laurel Stakes

Laurel Park offers three $75,000 stakes on the Jan. 2 card.

Hard-knocking campaigner Page McKenney hopes to keep alive his streak of finishing in the top three in 21 consecutive races, mostly stakes, when he tops the field for the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park Jan. 2.

The Native Dancer, at the distance of about 1 1/16 miles, is one of three stakes each worth $75,000 on the Saturday card at Maryland.

Highweighted at 124 pounds, Page McKenney is coming off a game half-length victory over grade III winner Kid Cruz in the Swatara Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course Nov. 25. The Swatara, in which the gelded son of Eavesdropper recorded a career-best Equibase Speed Figure of 124, was the second stakes win in 11 days for Page McKenney.

Trained by Mary Eppler for Adam Staple and Jalin Stable, Page McKenney won the Richard B. Small Stakes by a widening 4 3/4 lengths at Laurel Nov. 14. With a record of 14-12-4 and earnings of $976,978, Page McKenney last finished worse than third when fifth in an allowance at Pimlico Race Course in April 2014.

Assigned second highweight of 120 pounds was Bellarmine, a stakes-winning son of Magna Graduate  now racing for Aaron Racing Stables after being claimed for $32,000 at Belmont Park in October. With a 32-8-3-5 record and a bankroll of $329,675, Bellarmine is coming off a driving 9 1/4-length triumph in an allowance/optional claimer over a muddy Laurel track at the Native Dancer distance.

Diane Manning's multiple stakes-winning mare Miss Mischief tops the nine-horse field of older fillies and mares going forward in the Nellie Morse Stakes, also at the about 1 1/16-mile distance.

The 124-pound highweight trained by Dale Capuano, Miss Mischief won or placed in seven of nine 2015 starts, including the Besarabian Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Nov. 15 to conclude her season. The daughter of Into Mischief  bred in Kentucky by Allen Poindexter has earned $522,980, with nine wins and four placings from 23 starts.

The third stakes on the card, the $75,000 What a Summer Stakes, drew a field of seven older fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs, including stakes winners Eddy Gourmet and Raging Smoke.

An Eddington  mare trained by Mary Eppler, Eddy Gourmet last visited the winner's circle following a 7 3/4-length victory in Laurel's Conniver Stakes last March. She has subsequently finished third twice in eight starts.

A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of More Smoke trained by Michael W. Salvaggio Jr., Raging Smoke has earned $310,732 while finishing in the top three in 14 of 18 career starts.

Entries: What A Summer S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, January 02, 2016, Race 4

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $75,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 1:55 PM (local)
11Medaglia d'Argento (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTrevor McCarthy120George Weaver6/1
22Eddy Gourmet (MD)Keeneland Sales GraduateTaylor M. Hole120Mary E. Eppler10/1
33Sweet On Smokey (KY)Victor R. Carrasco118Claudio A. Gonzalez2/1
44Deliver Me (MD)Keeneland Sales GraduateUNKNOWN118Heather T. O'Hern20/1
55Raging Smoke (PA)Julian Pimentel122Michael W. Salvaggio, Jr.5/2
66Charm City (MD)Horacio Karamanos120Mary E. Eppler12/1
77E Dubai's Humor (MD)Forest Boyce120Donald H. Barr5/2

Entries: Native Dancer S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, January 02, 2016, Race 7

  • STK
  • About 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $75,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 3:25 PM (local)
11Page McKenney (PA)Horacio Karamanos124Mary E. Eppler7/5
22Warrioroftheroses (NY)UNKNOWN118Damon R. Dilodovico20/1
33Indycott (KY)Victor R. Carrasco118Danny Gargan12/1
44Bellarmine (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateNik Juarez120Jeremiah C. Englehart6/1
55Ever Rider (ARG)UNKNOWN118Timothy L. Keefe20/1
66Monkey's Medal (PA)Keeneland Sales GraduateForest Boyce118Timothy L. Keefe15/1
77Strong Stipulation (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduateJevian Toledo118H. Graham Motion8/1
88Catron (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTrevor McCarthy118Todd A. Pletcher7/2
99Golden Glint (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulian Pimentel118Kieron Magee10/1

Entries: Nellie Morse S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, January 02, 2016, Race 8

  • STK
  • About 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $75,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:55 PM (local)
11Love Came to Town (NJ)Mychel J. Sanchez122Kevin G. Sleeter4/1
22Primo Via (PA)Eriluis Vaz120Philip T. Aristone8/1
33Playful Love (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor R. Carrasco118H. Graham Motion6/1
44Hot Trial (PA)Tyler Conner118Heather T. O'Hern20/1
55Rapid Repair (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJevian Toledo118Kelly Rubley6/1
66Rare Medal (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulian Pimentel120Louis C. Linder, Jr.12/1
77Samantha Nicole (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateForest Boyce120Kiaran P. McLaughlin9/2
88Miss Mischief (KY)Trevor McCarthy124Dale Capuano5/2
99Brenda's Way (MD)Nik Juarez120Damon R. Dilodovico12/1