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Jackson Bend Joins All-Star Carter Cast

Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito has confirmed that Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend will join the all-star cast of horses headed to Aqueduct Racetrack for the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter Handicap on Wood Memorial Day, Saturday, April 7.

A modestly bred 5-year-old son of Hear No Evil, Jackson Bend boasts a resume that includes more than $1.3 million in earnings and a Grade 1 win at the seven-furlong Carter distance, earned last summer in Saratoga's Grade 1 Forego, which he won by 3 ¼ lengths.

After opening his 2012 campaign with a victory in the Grade 3, one-mile Hal's Hope at Gulfstream on January 14, Jackson Bend most recently ran third in the Grade 2, one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 10.

"He stumbled leaving the gate and was outside the entire race," Zito said. "We really can't take much from that race, but he came out of it really well. He's a terrific at seven furlongs and the Carter makes perfect sense."

The race will mark Jackson Bend's second career start at Aqueduct, having run second by 9 ¾ lengths to Eskendereya in the 2010 Wood Memorial.

The Carter is shaping up as one of the best races for older horses run this year, with entrants expected to include 2011 Preakness (G1) winner Shackleford, 2011 Foxwoods King's Bishop (G1) and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Caleb's Posse, Grade 1 winner Capt. Candyman Can, and five-time graded stakes winner Calibrachoa.


 

 

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This physically small horse is bundled dynamite, always making a good effort.
It's always just JBend with me, no matter who else (except MMM last time out) is in the race. Unconditional love.
And no, I wasn't there, lol. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19440612&id=Vn0tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8ZgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4435,1935887
Famous for the Triple Deat heat amongst Brownie, Bousset, and Wait A Bit, June 10, 1944
Seems like Calibrachoa could have had an excuse for several of his 2011 losses when he ventured from the Aqueduct inner track, slop, bad starts, The Cigar Mile being out of his distance range, but enough excuses. Time to step up. I pretty much think Caleb's Posse is all set to take the Carter, but I love Cali. Disclaimer that 6f. might be his specialty.
Im thinkin this race will really let us know who this horse is ..mary..
Big test for Calibrachoa. Hope it's a dry track, as it's shaping up to be a tough race already.
I like Posse , Bend 20 dollar exacter box.
Fantastic race..

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