Newsdad defends title in Pan American
Teaks North, whose past victories include the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and Grade 1 United Nations, has shown good form in two starts this winter. A wire-to-wire winner of the Florida Sunshine Millions Turf in January, the Northern Afleet gelding held second after leading a good deal of the way through the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida over 1 3/8 miles last time. He might face more pace pressure this time from multiple Grade 3 winner Ioya Bigtime, who retreated to third in the Mac Diarmida after stalking Teaks North for more than a mile.
Also exiting the Mac Diarmida is fourth-place finisher Twilight Eclipse, who previously landed the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight Handicap at Calder as an 11-1 chance. That 12-furlong victory on November 24 came at the expense of Mucho Mas Macho, who rebounded to post a much bigger upset, at 41-1, in the Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale on January 12 with a strong late burst in the final furlong.
Returning to the grass for the first time in a year is Ducduc, who has been unplaced twice on the main track since dead-hating with Csaba in the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap in November. Brazilian Group 1 veteran Belo Acteon, multiple stakes winners Empire Builder, and the seemingly overmatched pair of Total Reward and Gossip Column complete the field.
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