Jackson Bend was beaten 8 1/2 lengths by Eskendereya when the two met
in the Fountain of Youth in February at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Nick
Zito is simply hoping Jackson Bend can cut the gap when the two meet
again in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
"Let's see if he can beat us two lengths,'' Zito said Thursday,
before Jackson Bend drew post 5 in a field of six set to run 1 1/8
miles in the Wood. "Our deal has always been if we can get closer to
the big horse, someday I'll beat him.''