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Guillot Claims Teaks North for $100,000

Teaks North takes the 2011 United Nations

Despite Teaks North's disappointing performance on Thursday, trainer Eric Guillot still has lofty plans for gelding, whom he claimed for $100,000 on behalf of Michael Moreno's Southern Equine Stable.


A two-time Grade 1 winner, Teaks North finished last of six in the 1 3/16-mile allowance/optional claiming race on Thursday. Guillot won a three-way shake against trainers David Jacobson and Michael Maker for Teaks North.


"I'm going back [to California at the end of the Saratoga meet] and I'm not going to leave him behind [in New York], so I'll bring him [to California] and run him in a stakes and see where we're at with him," said Guillot. "I claimed him to swing for the fences in the Breeders' Cup [Turf]. His numbers are good enough to compete in it. He's a speed horse, and speed horses do good on Santa Anita's turf course."


Teaks North won the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and Grade 1 United Nations in 2011 and this year has added victories in the Sunshine Millions Turf for Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park and the Good Reward overnight stakes at Belmont Park. After finishing second in the 2013 United Nations on July 6, he came up empty on the far turn on Thursday in his final start for trainer Michelle Nevin and owner Sanford Robbins.


"He shipped in from Belmont [on race day], got a little hot, and he went a lot of time without a breeze," said Guillot. "He got beat 7 ½ lengths; it's not like he got beat a million miles. If you look at his form, every third race he throws in a clunker and comes back with a big race."


Guillot has Moreno aiming for the Grade 1 Travers and Salutos Amigos on target for the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop on August 24, and both 3-year-olds are scheduled to breeze tomorrow on the main track. Salutos Amigos will breeze at 5:45 a.m. and Moreno will go out at 8:45 a.m., Guillot said.



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Multiple stakes winner Saginaw breezed three furlongs in 39.99 seconds on Saratoga's main track Friday morning, his first work since extending his win streak to five in the John Morrissey here on August 1.


"He worked great, really well," said trainer David Jacobson, who co-owns the 7-year-old New York-bred gelding with Drawing Away Stable. "That's what he always does. Two weeks after the race, we get a little three-eighths and then have another three-eighths and start thinking about where we're going to run him."


Jacobson said the long-range goal for Saginaw is the $150,000 Hudson on New York Showcase Day on October 19 at Belmont Park.


"Right now, we don't have any definite plans," he said. "The only thing that is a definite is the Hudson. We hope to find something for him at Belmont in September, but there's nothing at the moment."


Since being claimed by Jacobson for Drawing Away in March 2012, Saginaw has won 14 of 17 starts, including 10 stakes, and purses of $713,100. He also is 3-for-5 lifetime at Saratoga, having won the 6 ½-furlong John Morrissey in 2012.


In his career, Saginaw has won 21 wins and $974,690 in purses from 40 starts.


"He's a neat horse," Jacobson said. "I'm very fortunate to have him and fortunate to keep him going as long as he's going."



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