Hall of Fame trainer
Nick Zito said this morning that Jackson Bend
will get the chance to defend his title in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000
Forego. Zito had entered the 5-year-old son of Hear No Evil yesterday in the
seven-furlong race but did not want to commit to running until he was absolutely
certain Jackson Bend was suffering no after-effects from a training mishap two
“Everything we’ve seen so far has been good,” said
Zito, who trains Jackson Bend for his breeder, Fred Brei, and Robert V.
has passed all the tests. Physically, he looks terrific. All our vets and
everyone I work with has given us clearance and assured us he is the same Jackson.”
Jackson Bend, who earned his first Grade 1 in the 2011 Forego with an
easy 3 ¼-length victory over Jersey Town, was concluding a routine gallop on the Oklahoma training track
on August 18 when he collided with another horse coming onto the track.
Although shaken up, the diminutive Jackson Bend escaped serious injury, and
resumed galloping on August 23. On Monday, he breezed four furlongs in 49.77.
Winner of a second Grade 1 when he beat Caleb’s Posse and
Shackleford to win the Carter Handicap in April at Aqueduct Racetrack, Jackson
Bend drew post position 4 for the Forego as the 7-2 second choice on the
morning line. Multiple Grade 1 winner Shackleford,
hero of the 2011 Preakness and the 2012 Metropolitan Handicap, is the 2-1
morning-line favorite in a field of accomplished older sprinters, including Jersey Town, Isn’t He Perfect, Pacific Ocean,
Hamazing Destiny, Emcee and Caixa