Oceanport, N.J. – Julia C. Boutelle’s Teaks North sat off the early speed of Get Serious and Get Stormy before unleashing a furious stretch rally, posting a three-quarter length win in the $250,000 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday before a crowd of 14,836.
Teaks North, now a perfect three-for-three over the Monmouth turf, covered the mile and an eighth over the “good” course in 1:48 2/5 and paid $11.60, $6.40 and $3.20. Sleepless Knight rallied to complete the $116.60 exacta and paid $11.80 and $5.40. It was another half-length back to 4-5 favorite Get Stormy, who paid $2.20 to show.
“He loves it here,” said winning trainer Justin Sallusto. “He’s never lost over this track. Eddie (jockey Castro) did everything exactly as I said, ‘sit off the early speed and when you turn for home come and get them.’ Today was perfect.”
Castro echoed the trainer’s comments, “We had two speed horses in front of us and were in perfect position,” the jockey said. “I thought Get Stormy was going to be really tough, but luckily my horse had a really good kick in the stretch.”
A 4-year-old gelding by Northern Afleet from the High Honors mare Teaksberry Road, Teaks North improved to 6-1-2 from 16 starts. The $150,000 winner’s share of the Grade 3 purse moved his lifetime bankroll to $526,964.
Earlier on the card, General Perfect went from last to first to capture the $65,000 John McSorley Stakes, traveling the 5 ½ furlongs over “good” turf in 1:02 1/5.
Trained by Glenn Thompson and ridden by Joe Bravo, General Perfect paid $19.20, $8.40 and $6. Southern Danger, who finished a length and a half back, completed the $184.40 exacta and returned $10, $6.40. It was another half-length back to Awakino Cat, who paid $4.40 to show.
It was the second consecutive year General Perfect captured the McSorley Stakes. Last year, the gelding went wire-to-wire in 1:01 2/5. After Sunday’s score, the 8-year-old General Perfect boosted his lifetime mark to 10-4-5 from 42 starts, good for earnings of $451,376.
In Sunday’s first race, Say A Novena established a new track record for 4 ½ furlongs on the main track when she stepped the distance in :50.93, besting the old record of :51.88 established on June 5, 2009 by Southern Truth.
A 2-year-old filly making just her second career start, Say A Novena paid $18 in the maiden special weight event. Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and ridden by Mike Luzzi, Say A Novena is by Songandaprayer from the Dynaformer mare Rabiadella.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, June 17 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.