– At the quarter-pole it looked as if any one of the seven colts or geldings in
the $70,000 Big Brown Stakes at Monmouth
Park could win, but at
the wire it was rail riding Teaks North who proved best, stopping the timer in
1:44 flat for the mile and a sixteenth over the fast main track.
“I was very
confident,” said winning trainer Justin Sallusto. “Usually he’d rather be on the outside rather
than the inside, but the good horses are able to overcome it. I believe he’s a multi-faceted horse who can
run on both turf and dirt.”
As for his
next start, Sallusto indicated that the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park is a possibility.
A son of Northern Afleet, Teaks North returned $8, $5.20 and
$2.80. It was two lengths back to Cactus
Charlie, who completed the $52 exacta and paid $7 to place and $3.80 to
show. Southern Ridge was another length
back in third, good for a $3 show mutuel.
have asked for a better trip,” said winning jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. “What impressed me the most is the way he
transferred his form from the turf. Most
horses that really do well on the turf don’t normally bring it back on the
dirt, but he had no problem.”
Brown Stakes victory was the fourth in nine starts for Teaks North, who races
in the colors of Julia C. Boutelle. The
gelding, who earlier this season won the Restoration Stakes on turf, has now
banked $168,400 for his connections.