05/24/2017 1:11PM

Karamanos closing in on 2,000 wins

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Michael Amoruso
Horacio Karamanos, shown after winning last weekend's Chick Lang Stakes, came into Wednesday eight wins shy of 2,000 for his career.

Jockey Horacio Karamanos, who won three races on the Preakness card last Saturday, had 1,992 career victories as of Wednesday.

Karamanos, a 43-year-old native of Argentina, is having an excellent year, with 62 wins from 268 mounts, a win average of 23 percent. Karamanos is Linda Rice’s first-call rider in Maryland, and the pair has gone 38 for 82 this year, an amazing 46 percent win average.

Last Saturday, Karamanos won an optional-claiming race for Rice, a starter allowance for Mary Eppler, and the Chick Lang Stakes on Recruiting Ready for Horacio De Paz.

◗ Eppler, who won a race each day over Preakness weekend, said she is pointing her stable star, Page McKenney, to the $200,000 Mountainview Stakes at Penn National on the Grade 2 Penn Mile undercard June 3. The Mountainview is a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

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