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Gulfstream Park: Teaks North gets first win for Dutrow's deputy in Sunshine Millions Turf
By Jay Privman
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – After what she described as a “rough week,” Michelle Nevin finally was able to smile on Saturday at Gulfstream Park when she sent out Teaks North for a front-running, upset victory in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf.
Nevin was a long-time assistant to Richard Dutrow Jr., who was suspended on Thursday for 10 years by New York state racing officials. Dutrow was the trainer of Teaks North at the beginning of the week, but with his suspension looming, Nevin passed her trainer’s test in Florida the middle of the week and then took over the training of the 6-year-old gelding. Teaks North was her first starter.
“It’s been a rough week, but this is a great reward to get,” Nevin said.
Teaks North ($19.80) benefited from an absence of pace and led the field from start to finish over a yielding course in the 1 1/8-mile race. Jockey John Velazquez was able to coax Teaks North through fractions of 25.68 seconds, 52.09, 1:16.76, and 1:40.83 en route to a final time of 1:52.89. With a final three furlongs in 36.13 seconds, closers had no shot of catching him.
Teaks North won by 2 1/2 lengths over 1-2 favorite Doubles Partner, with Shkspeare Shaliyah 2 1/4 lengths farther back in third.
“I’m just overwhelmed,” Nevin said in the winner’s circle. “I’m so happy. I love this horse. It was a long road coming back.”
Teaks North was off for nearly 11 months before fading in the El Prado at Gulfstream on Dec. 22.
“With these older horses, it’s tough to bring them back fit,” Nevin said. “He was tighter today. He got the cobwebs out.”
Teaks North, owned by Resolute Group Stables, has now won 8 of 23 starts. An earner of more than $1 million, his biggest victory came in the 2011 United Nations Handicap when trained by Justin Sallusto.
Because she took the instruction and made it happen ....she is a doer...
I'm happy for the horse but why is everybody congratulating Michele Nevin? Dutrow called the shots even after Thursday.
Wonderful win for Michele Nevin. She's done a great job. WTG Michele
People forget that Teaks North also won a GRI on the turf at The Gulf a couple of years ago. He had physical issues that have improved. He was on the muscle saturday with his head held high while running on impresively!!!
the trainer did a nice job getting this horse ready for the race it is that simple.... who are you to judge Miss Nevin character... sounds like you misread the form or didnt get to the window in time.
the trainer did a nice job getting this horse ready for the race it is that simple.... there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness. who are you to judge Miss Nevin character... sounds like you misread the form or didnt get to the window in time.
This horse is owned in part by the Big Brown syndicate. Michelle has what it takes - In More Ways Than One!!! I saw her in the Winners Circle - today - She Has No Shame & is Very Brazen!!! This is her first win out of the box. I'm sure when she goes back to NY - they will either Raid Her Barn or Put her Horses in the Detention Barn. I Only Have Contempt for these Violators of the Industry.
I second that .......great job and many happy returns to the winners circle !!!
Awfully quiet here now, I'd like to congratulate Miss Nevin on such a great job and win. I hope to see many many more !
Maybe , just maybe Dutrow had this horse ready .... PeterG sing another song ...maybe you can just copy and past some of you other Dutrow post ...write something intelligent ....
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