of the 2011 Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga Race Course and the 2012 Grade 1
Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, has been retired from racing,
breeder and co-owner Fred Brei
The diminutive son of Hear No Evil has been turned out since early September at Brei’s farm in
Fla., where he was sent following a last-place
finish in this year’s Forego. Three weeks before the race, Jackson Bend
was involved in a collision with another horse on the
Oklahoma training track at Saratoga, and although physically unharmed, Brei felt the 5-year-old was slow to recuperate mentally from the incident.
“When he came here we thought it would just be a rest before [the meet at]
Park,” said Brei. “But it was obvious it
would be an extended turn-out, and combined with trying to bring him
back at age 6, it was the right decision to retire him and give him
three months off before the breeding season.”
Brei, who co-owns Jackson Bend with Robert V. LaPenta, said the horse will stand at Journeyman Stud in
The homebred Jackson Bend began his career in
where he finished second in his 2-year-old debut before winning five
straight at Calder Race Course while in the care of trainer Stanley
Gold. Prior to his 3-year-old campaign, Brei
sold a half-interest in Jackson Bend to LaPenta and the colt was
transferred to the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.
Under Zito, Jackson
Bend ascended to graded stakes competition as a 3-year-old, finishing
second in the Grade 3 Holy Bull and the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at
Park, second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, and third, beaten less than a length, in the Preakness.
After wintering in
Florida with Gold, Jackson Bend returned to Zito at
Saratoga, where he won the 2011 James Marvin prior to his first Grade 1 victory in the Forego. Subsequently second to
Uncle Mo in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at
Park, Jackson Bend closed out his 4-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
This year, Jackson Bend won the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope at
Park and notched his second Grade 1 with a thrilling victory over Caleb’s Posse and Shackleford in the Carter at the Big A.
“I don’t know if one
horse has ever given me such thrills and excitement in all aspects of
the game,” said Zito of Jackson Bend. “His Preakness, the Carter, the
Forego – you can’t put a price on the thrills this
horse gave me.”
For his career, Jackson Bend was 9-6-4 from 28 starts, with earnings of $1,613,450.