Teaks North will return to
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
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.”
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.
BOB AND THE GANG TRIES FOR THREE STRAIGHT IN LONG BRANCH
Bob and the Gang will try stakes company for the
first time in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes on Sunday. Conditioned by
Pat McBurney, Bob and the Gang has
won his last two races making him two-for-three with a second place
On June 1, Bob and the Gang broke his maiden in a
six furlong sprint event, and on June 16 he bested the field by two and a
quarter lengths going a mile
and a sixteenth in 1:42 1/5. Jockey Paco Lopez, who guided Bob and the
Gang in each of his last four races, will also be aboard in the
Long Branch on Sunday.
“In his last sprint he was finally able to relax,”
said McBurney. “We knew we were going to stretch him out. Then in the
route he was able to rate, he was
nice and relaxed, and he really seemed to like the longer distance.”
Since his last race Bob and the Gang has worked out
once, breezing four furlongs in :49 2/5, making him the third fastest of
13 at that distance on June
A 3-year old son of Mizzen Mast, Bob and the Gang will travel a mile and a sixteenth over the main track in the
Long Branch on Sunday, and will break from the far outside nine post.
“You never love being that far out,” McBurney said.
“I know there’s at least one good speed horse inside. We just hope that
no one goes really crazy out
of the gate. If not we should be able to set the pace.”
The Long Branch Stakes will go as race 11 on Sunday’s 12-race card.
EITHER WELL SPELLED OR THE HUNK FOR PERKINS IN MR. PROSPECTOR
Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. currently has two entrants,
Well Spelled and The Hunk, in Sunday’s $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes,
but says that it is more than likely
that only one of them will compete.
“We probably won’t run them both,” Perkins said.
“We’re not sure which one we want to run yet though, we’ll make that
decision on race day.”
Well Spelled, last year’s winner of the Jersey Shore
Stakes, is coming off of a 10 month layoff, but was victorious in his
last race at Parx on Sept. 12,
2012, where he won by a half-length in a stakes event. That win was one
of two in his last four outings. Recently, Well Spelled has been
Park, where he worked five furlongs in 1:00
4/5 handily on June 22, and on June 29 he worked five furlongs in 1:00
2/5 handily from the gate.
A 6-year-old son of Speightstown out of Penniless
Heiress, The Hunk has not raced since Oct. 27 of last year, but he is an
impressive five-for-nine with
three second place finishes at Monmouth
Park. In his most recent workout, The Hunk breezed five furlongs in 1:01 from the gate on June 27.
“They’re both coming off layoffs, but they’re
training pretty well,” Perkins said. “They’ve both had some decent
breezes. There’s a lot of speed in the race,
which might suit Well Spelled a little better, but I didn’t like the
one post, so it’s a tough decision.”
Jockeys Pablo Fragoso and Elvis Trujillo are
currently scheduled to ride Well Spelled and The Hunk, respectively in
the Mr. Prospector Stakes on Sunday.
T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY THIS SATURDAY AT
There will be a t-shirt giveaway this Saturday with all paid admissions as the holiday weekend continues at
Park. Four stakes events highlight the next
two days, including the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes on
Saturday, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race.
The racetrack will also continue the jockey
autograph and memorabilia sale, which will carry on until the end of the
weekend. Fans can also look forward
to Family Fun Day on Sunday with free pony rides, face painting, bounce
houses, and live music by Cats On A Smooth Surface who will perform “On
the Green”. In addition, Monmouth will host a $200 Monmouth/Woodbine
Handicapping Contest on Sunday, in which the
top two finishers will earn an all expense-paid trip to Las Vegas as well as a seat at the National Handicapping Championship.