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Teaks North Wins US Gr1 Gulfstream Turf Handicap
Longshot 4YO gelding Teaks North (Northern Afleet-Teaksberry Road, by High Honors) flew down the outside to grab the lead in the final strides for victory by a nose in the US$300,000 Gr1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (9 furlongs on turf) for 4YOs & up at Gulfstream Park. Florida-bred Teaks North (ridden by Jose Valdivia for trainer Justin Sallusto) defeated 5YO entires Smart Bid (Smart Strike-Recording, by Danzig) & Get Stormy (Stormy Atlantic-Foolish Gal, by Kiri's Clown). Teaks North took his record to 5 wins (also including 2010's Listed Big Brown Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Monmouth Park & Listed Restoration Stakes over 9 furlongs at Monmouth Park) & 3 placings (including 2010's Gr3 Discovery Handicap over 9 furlongs at Aqueduct & Listed Cosmic Bob Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Aqueduct) from 12 starts for US$364,400 earnings.