Teaks North Hopes To Claim Second United Nations Victory

Friday, July 5, 2013

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Teaks North will return to Monmouth Park to run in the 62nd renewal of the United Nations Stakes on Saturday, a race that he won back in 2011, as the gelding looks to continue his success at Monmouth for trainer Michelle Nevin, where he is a perfect four-for-four over the turf course in Oceanport. 

“He’s certainly done well over the course in the past,” Nevin said. “Hopefully he can get a good run over it again.” 

            A 6-year-old by Northern Afleet out of Teaksberry Road, Teaks North is coming off of a win in a stakes event at Belmont (May 15), where he crossed the wire a length and three-quarters before the rest of the field. That win brought his earnings up to $1,183,464 in 26 career races as he tries to increase that number in the $500,000 United Nations on Saturday.  

            Teaks North will face tough competition in the Grade 1 event, including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Classic winner Little Mike. The field will travel a mile and three eighths on the grass on Saturday, and Nevin believes the tempo of the race will play out with her entrant sitting off the pace.   

“There’s plenty of speed so hopefully he can settle in,” Nevin said. “He doesn’t need to have the lead. He’s come from off the pace before.”  

            Jockey Eddie Castro will guide Teaks North in the United Nations, the same jockey that rode him to victory in 2011. Although Castro has not been aboard Teaks North in almost two years, Nevin believes that they will continue their joint success on Saturday. 

“They’ve been together plenty of times and they’ve done well together,” said Nevin. “They’re a good pair.” 

The United Nations Stakes will go as race 11 on a 12-race card on Saturday.