Adam Staple and Julin Stable’s multiple stakes winner Page McKenney is expected to rejoin trainer Mary Eppler next month as he continues to recover from a minor tendon injury that prematurely ended his 2016 season this spring.
The 6-year-old gelding has completed his first month of rehabilitation at Nor Mar Farm in Freeland, Md., located near the Pennsylvania border about 32 miles north of Eppler’s base at historic Pimlico Race Course.
Page McKenney was sent there Aug. 14 after spending three months being hand-walked and having a trio of ultrasound shock therapy treatments following the discovery of inflammation in a tendon on the morning of May 20, the day he was entered to run in the $ 300,000 Pimlico Special (G3).
“Thank goodness we caught it early so it wasn’t a real major thing,” Eppler said. “We sent him to the farm [Aug. 14] and he started training [the next day]. We took an ultrasound of the tendon and the tendon looks great.”
A large part of Page McKenney’s recovery will be spent on the farm’s Aquatred, an underwater treadmill that allows horses to exercise their legs without putting pressure on them.
“I would think he’d be at least two months on the treadmill and come to me in October,” Eppler said, “and maybe be back at the beginning of the year.”
Page McKenney was claimed for $ 16,000 in July 2013 and has gone on win nine stakes including the 2016 General George (G3) and top $ 1.4 million in earnings. In two other starts this year, he won the Native Dancer Stakes and was second in the Charles Town Classic (G2) April 23, his most recent effort.
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