07/03/2011 8:13AM

Monmouth: Teaks North Captures U. N.


Just like he did in his last start, the Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes, Teaks North turned in a strong late kick to win Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Chinchon, who won the 2010 United Nations over this course, was a half-length back in 2nd.

“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."

"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."

Teaks North is now a perfect four-for-four on the Monmouth Park turf course.