Digest (Aug. 25): Rags-to-riches career ends for Pimlico-based Page McKenney

Page McKenney, an 8-year-old claimer who developed into a stakes-winning millionaire, is retiring from racing because of a tendon injury in his left front leg. Based at Pimlico Race Course with trainer Mary Eppler and co-owned by breeders Dr. James Bryant and Linda Davis of Jalin Stable, Page McKenney had been entered to run in Saturday's $100,000 Sal DeBunda President's Cup at Parx Racing, the fourth leg of the 3-year-old and up, long dirt division in the rejuvenated Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series. The Eavesdropper gelding had already clinched the division title with a win, a second and a third in the first three legs starting with the Salvator Mile (G3) July 29 at Monmouth Park, his 15th career stakes victory and second in graded-stakes company. Eppler claimed Page McKenney on behalf of Adam Staple for $16,000 out of a sixth-place finish in a non-winners of two turf event July 20, 2013 at Penn National. Together they won 21 races, nine of them at Pimlico or Laurel Park, and Staple later sold an interest in the horse back to Bryant. Among Page McKenney's local wins were the John B. Campbell Stakes, Harrison E. Johnson Memorial and Richard Small Stakes in 2015; 2016 and 2017 Native Dancer and 2016 General George (G3), all at Laurel. He also finished second in the 2015 Pimlico Special (G3), one of six graded-stakes placings. Page McKenney ends his career with 22 wins, 16 seconds, five thirds and purse earnings of $1,905,940 from 52 starts. In his most recent race, he finished third in the Monmouth Cup (G3) July 29, after which he developed filling in the same leg which followed a runner-up finish in the 2016 Charles Town Classic (G2) and scratch on the morning of the Pimlico Special and led to a nine-month break between races.

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Dream without McCoughtryfor series against Mystics

The Atlanta Dream are back in the WNBA playoffs, led by the coach of the year but missing the face of the franchise. When the Dream face the Washington Mystics in a best-of-five semifinal series that begins today in Atlanta, they'll be without star Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances). The 31-year-old Baltimore native went down late in the season with a knee injury. "It's going to be tough. Washington is a great offensive team," Atlanta's Renee Montgomery said. "They have people who can go off for 30 on any given night. When you have explosive players like that, you really have to be on your toes." The biggest threat, of course, is Elena Delle Donne , who led the Mystics in scoring at 20.7 points per game. In an interesting twist, she is facing the team she helped beat with one of the greatest comebacks in WNBA history. Playing for Chicago during the 2014 playoffs, Delle Donne scored 17 of 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Sky overcame a 20-point deficit on the road, handing the Dream an 81-80 loss in the decisive game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. McCoughtry, who was averaging 16.5 points a game, sustained her season-ending injury in an Aug. 7 victory over Las Vegas. Her return to the Dream this season after a one-year WNBA layoff was a big reason for Atlanta's turnaround from a dismal 12-22 mark in 2017.

College volleyball: In only her fourth collegiate game, Loyola Maryland freshman libero Katie Forsythe set the school single-game record for digs as the Greyhounds defeated visiting Towson University for the first time since 1996 in the final match of the Baltimore Bash. Forsythe recorded 13 digs in the first set en route to 41, shattering the record of 35 set in 2012 by Kara Schiffer. The Greyhounds also set the team single-game record for total blocks in a match with 18, led by eight each from middles Mackenzie Fedota and Alisah Cash. Loyola's block was a key part of the win, especially in the fourth set as the Greyhounds (2-1) pulled away for a 25-21, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13 victory. The win snapped Towson's 16-match winning streak in the series.

College field hockey: The fourth-ranked Terps won their 23rd straight season opener Friday night, 3-0, with a dominant showing at Pacific. Junior Nike Lorenz scored all three goals in her Maryland debut in the first half.

Men's college lacrosse: Kyle Mariboe has joined Washington College as a volunteer assistant coach. Mariboe, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Albright, recently began working at the school as an admissions counselor.

Tennis: Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will host a groundbreaking Friday at 11 a.m. at 2701 St. Lo Drive to celebrate the beginning of renovations to the courts at Clifton Park.

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