08/14/2013 5:15PM

Saratoga: Sword Dancer could be Teaks North's second race in three days

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Teaks North is cross-entered in a high-priced optional claiming race Thursday and the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational on Saturday. He may run in both races.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – There was a mad rush to the entry box for Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga as the 1 1/2-mile turf race drew a field of 13 colts and geldings.

Among the more intriguing names dropped through the entry box was Teaks North, a multiple Grade 1 winner, who was also entered in an optional claiming race on Thursday. He is in for the $100,000 claiming price. Star Channel, also entered on Thursday, was cross-entered in the Sword Dancer as well.

Sandy Robbins, who purchased Teaks North privately following his victory in the Good Reward Stakes at Belmont in May, initially was planning to run the 6-year-old gelding in both races – provided he didn’t get claimed on Thursday.

However, his enthusiasm to run in the Sword Dancer waned somewhat when he heard there were 13 in the field.

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“Michelle [Nevin], my trainer has clearly indicated that back-to-back races are a possibility,” Robbins said Wednesday by phone. “Now that you’re telling me 13 horses might run, I’m not all that excited about that.”

Nevin is a former assistant and exercise rider for Richard Dutrow Jr., who had a history of success wheeling horses back on short rest. Last year, with Willy Beamin, Dutrow – who is currently serving a 10-year suspension for a history of rules violations – won the Albany on a Wednesday and the Grade 1 King’s Bishop three days later.

“I’m sure that’s where she learned it,” Robbins said. “He was very successful with it.”

Teaks North is a two-time Grade 1 winner having taken the United Nations at Monmouth and the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in 2011. After going winless in three starts last year, Teaks North has a 2-2-0 record from 5 starts, including a runner-up finish behind Big Blue Kitten in the U.N. last month.

“I think he could have won,” Robbins said. “I think he was taken out wide and was beaten by a horse that came up the inside and snuck through.”

The entry of Teaks North threw a curveball to Alan Goldberg, the trainer of the filly Tannery. Goldberg thought he had Luis Saez to ride Tannery, but Saez was named to ride Teaks North. Goldberg named Angel Serpa on Tannery, who drew post 13.

Boisterous, the Grade 1 Man o’ War winner and probable Sword Dancer favorite, drew post  7. Big Blue Kitten, the likely second choice, drew post 2. Al Khali, who will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in the Sword Dancer after two third-place finishes and a second-place finish last year to Point of Entry, drew post 7.

Mary Conway More than 1 year ago
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Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
Apparently Teaky can't run again, as he was claimed (and also apparently ran badly, although I haven't seen the replay). He was claimed by Eric Guillot. That doesn't fill me with confidence for his future, unfortunately.
Codie Cook More than 1 year ago
If Teak's North runs in both races and runs well it would give the current generation an idea of the old days when horses would run as many as five races in one day for a thoroughbred and as many as seven for standerdbreds. Horses these days don't race as many times in their career as horses used to race in one week.
B More than 1 year ago
I more or less agree with you, but perhaps you meant to say "as many as five races in one month"? At no time in history were horses running five times in one day.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure she does. And the moon is made of green cheese.
Dennis Pineda More than 1 year ago
SCAMMERS get out of this sites, stop posting your crap here.
Earl More than 1 year ago
If Teak's North runs in both races it would be two races in a 48 hour span as opposed to three days as claimed in the headline. Both races are scheduled for 5:12 pm. If that's the plan hopefully someone will plunk down the $100,000 tag to save this classy gelding from his miserable owners who care nothing about his well-being.
Alexander Morris More than 1 year ago
so 12 colts and geldings and one mare?? Correct on article???
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Did anyone truly believe Dutrow went away?
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
He's the Whitey Bulger of racing, just hanging out in the shadow of darkness.
tim More than 1 year ago
At the track every day with a disguise
m More than 1 year ago
I heard he's working with Greg Martin
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Sorry I just saw OPTIMIZER in Entries is this his 28th start this year. Man Lukas really runs them. He looked tired 4 starts ago and didn't he run in the DERBY what was that about?
tim More than 1 year ago
He's also entered Friday night in a race at the Buggy track across the street.
B More than 1 year ago
Optimizer did not run in the Derby.
Leana Willaford More than 1 year ago
Matthew, learn to read before you comment. Optimizer has had 8 starts this year. And no he did not run in the Derby as he is a four year old.
Barnabas Collinschnad More than 1 year ago
Optimizer ran in last year's Derby. He should never have been running on dirt to begin with. Despite the error in how many races he's already run this year, there is no doubt that D Wayne runs the hell out of this horse. That's one thing I can agree with. And look what happened today. Poor horse.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
RESPECT AL KHALI as always needs a good trip but I know connections are expecting a big effort.
Perl More than 1 year ago
This horse hasn't won a big race in several years make sure you get a big price.