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
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.”
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.
been together plenty of times and they’ve done well together,” said Nevin. “They’re
a good pair.”
United Nations Stakes will go as race 11 on a 12-race card on Saturday.