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Teaks North Wins One for America!

Julia C. Boutelle’s Teaks North unleashed a strong stretch kick to post a half-length victory over Chinchon in the Grade 1 $750,000 United Nations Stakes as Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Kensei posted a three-quarter length win in the Grade 3 $200,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on Saturday before a crowd of 12,612.

 

Teaks North was bottled up inside behind pacesetter Pulsion early in the mile and three-eighths turf race.  He angled out for the stretch drive and held off the late charge of last year’s U.N. winner Chinchon.

 

“It unfolded exactly as I had hoped,” said winning trainer Justin Sallusto.  “He has a tremendous kick for the last quarter of a mile and you saw that today.”

 

Teaks North, who won the U.N. prep (Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes on June 12), paid $16, $6.40 and $4 and covered the distance over firm turf in 2:13 1/5.  Chinchon completed the $75.60 exacta and paid $4 and $3.  It was another half-length back to the 2-1 favorite, French filly Stacelita, who paid $3 to show.

 

“We had a nice trip,” said winning jockey Eddie Castro.  “He was comfortable the whole way around.  When the horses from the back were starting to move, we were able to slip out and go.  He really kicked it in through the stretch.  I was very confident in him throughout the race.”

 

The U.N. victory was the second Grade 1 win for Teaks North, who has won seven of his 17 lifetime starts and has earnings of $976,964.  He is a perfect four-for-four on the Monmouth Park turf.

 

The United Nations was a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race with Teaks North earning a berth in the $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.  The connections of Teaks North indicated that the Breeders’ Cup will be the goal for their 4-year-old gelding by Northern Afleet from the High Honors mare Teaksberry Road.


 

In the Salvator Mile, Kensei unleashed a strong rally in the stretch and held off the late charge of Soaring Empire, stopping the timer in 1:36 4/5 over the fast main track.

 

“He broke sharp and the other horses went for the lead,” said winning jockey Edgar Prado.  “I was in the garden spot.  I was very happy with my position early.  He was running pretty easily around there and made his move when I started to ask him.  He really dug in.”

 

Kensei returned $32.40, $11.80 and $5.20 in the Salvator Mile, the colt’s first victory since taking the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga in 2009.  Soaring Empire completed the $137.80 exacta and paid $4 and $3.  It was a neck back to Rule, who paid $3.80 to show.  Morning Line, the 3-2 favorite, took the lead turning for home, but faded in the lane to finish fifth of the seven runners.

 

A 5-year-old by Mr. Greely from the Belong to Me mare Private Feeling, Kensei sports a record of 5-3-2 from 17 starts.  He has earned $731,364 for his connections.

 

 

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