08/16/2013 6:04PM

Saratoga notes: Guillot claims Teaks North for $100K

Tom Keyser
Teaks North is a multiple Grade 1 winner and earner of $1.2 million.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Eric Guillot said he has no regrets putting in a $100,000 claim for Teaks North, who finished last here Thursday, and if all goes well, he plans to point him to the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November.

"You see he throws a clunker here, throws a good one, throws a clunker," said Guillot, who won a three-way shake for Teaks North. "I think he likes firm going, I'm going to be stabled at Santa Anita. If the mile-and-a-half Breeders' Cup Turf comes up easy, I might just stick him in there. That was the whole plan."

Teaks North is a multiple Grade 1 winner and earner of $1.2 million. He was entered in Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational by his previous connections - owner Sanford Robbins and trainer Michelle Nevin - but had to scratch after being claimed by different connections.

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Teaks North joined Sure Route and Cease as horses that were claimed for $100,000 at this meet.

Slumber, Farhaan win off year layoffs

Slumber, who had been off for a year, won the same race in which Teaks North finished last, though he ran for the third-level allowance condition.
According to trainer Bill Mott, Slumber was off for so long because he suffered from a condition similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, which in horses is involves the tendons and ligaments that run down the back of a leg.

On Thursday, Slumber rallied from off the pace to win by 3 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:56.12 for 1 3/16 miles. Last year, he won a second-level allowance at the same distance.
"He was impressive," said Mott, who trains the 5-year-old Slumber for Juddmonte Farm. "He was impressive here last year, too. We would have liked to have made plans for him last year."

Mott said he would consider several races for Slumber's next start, including the Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine on Sept. 15 and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Sept. 28.
In the race immediately following Slumber's win, Farhaan came off a year layoff to take a second-level allowance race by a nose for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Farhaan is a 4-year-old son of Jazil owned and bred by Shadwell Stable.

McLaughlin said Farhaan had bruising of the cannon bone when he arrived here from Great Britain last fall. McLaughlin gave Kevin Kahkola, who works for Shadwell in Kentucky, credit for having him ready to run.

Long on Value now with Mott

Long on Value, a 2-year-old colt who has won all three of his starts, was purchased privately by Adam Wachtel earlier this week and turned over to Mott. He had been based at Delaware Park with trainer Randy Allen.
Wachtel said he would like to get Long on Value to the Grade 1 Hopeful here Sept. 2.
Long on Value, a son of Value Plus, has won three sprints including the Strike Your Colors Stakes at Delaware Park on July 29. That race was run in two divisions, and Long on Value won the faster division by more than a second.

"He's about as good a mover as you're ever going to see, he just floats across the track,' Wachtel said.
Long on Value earned an 83 Beyer Speed Figure for the Strike Your Colors and, according to Wachtel, earned a 8 3/4 figure on Ragozin sheets.

"We printed out every 2-year-old in the country, only four have run a 9 or better. He's one of the four," Wachtel said. "On sheets, I liked him. I loved his replay, and he vetted out."

** Transparent, disqualified from first in the Curlin Stakes, worked four furlongs in 49.92 seconds Friday over the Saratoga main track in his final move before the $1 million Travers on Aug. 24.

** Alpha, last year's Travers winner, worked four furlongs in 50.88 on Friday. He is a candidate for the $100,000 Alydar Stakes next Friday.