Multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend continues to mend
following his eventful Saturday morning on the
Oklahoma training track.
“He’s doing good. I was playing
with him a little while ago,” said Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito. “He was
trying to bite people all morning. He had a lot of well-wishers this morning.
Rosie Napravnik came over to visit him, and he was trying to bite her. He’s a
Owned by Robert LaPenta and Fred
Brei, Jackson Bend was involved in a collision with another horse, the
7-year-old Little Nick, on Saturday. Neither horse sustained any injuries in the
incident, but Jackson Bend was shaken up.
“I hope everything works out
good,” Zito said. “I walked him today. I’ll probably take him for a trail ride
tomorrow, and then we’ll see if toward the end of the week we can get him back
to the track. He had a little swelling on his left side; that’s where he fell.
Other than that, he is fine and feeling real good.”
The 5-year-old son of Hear No
Evil has been pointed toward a title defense of the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on
September 1, but those plans are now in question.
“It would be an amazing story, a
miracle, if he could make the Forego,” Zito said. “We just have to take it one
day at a time. We never say never.”
His usual contemplative self,
Zito marveled at the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s events: A horse named
Little Nick collides with his stable star; Little Nick is a half-brother to
Little Mike, winner of Saturday’s Grade 1 Arlington Million; and in Saturday’s
fifth race at
Saratoga , Zito runs second to a horse trained
by Anthony Quartarolo, who trains Little Nick.
“It just shows you that racing is
so complicated,” Zito said. “That’s a good quote: Racing is so complicated, and
it’s so intertwined. Like they say, it’s not an exact science and no one has any
lock on it. No one can say, ‘This is this or this is that or this is this or
this is that.’ You can’t say that.”