Teaks North Wins Thrilling Renewal of Big Brown Stakes

Saturday, October 30, 2010

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – 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.

            “I couldn’t 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.”

            The Big 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.