Jackson Bend, the Florida-bred Champion Male Sprinter of 2011 and an earner of $1,613,450, has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Journeyman Stud in Ocala. Fred Brei, who raced the 5-year-old horse in partnership with Robert LaPenta, also stands current Journeyman stallions Awesome of Course and Jackson Bend's sire, Hear No Evil.
“We weren’t real happy with the way he ran in his last race [the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 1],” Brei said. “After his accident, he just hasn’t been the same. So we brought him back to Florida and I looked him over from one end to the other. There’s nothing physically wrong with him, but he just wasn’t the same.”
Jackson Bend had encountered an accident during training hours on Aug. 18 at Saratoga while preparing for the Forego when another horse ran onto the track and collided with him. Although Jackson Bend was stunned and layed on the track momentarily, it appeared that he had not sustained any injuries.
However, Brei said that the Forego effort was very uncharacteristic for Jackson Bend, and they decided to retire him.
“He has just been a tremendous horse,” Brei said. “Every time he ran, he just tried so hard. With 28 lifetime starts, he’s been about as durable a Grade 1 winner as there is.”
Jackson Bend began his career at Calder Race Course as a 2-year-old in 2009 where he swept all three divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes. As a 3-year-old, he began on the trail to the Kentucky Derby (G1) by finishing second in the Holy Bull (G3), then second to Eskendereya in both the Fountain of Youth (G2) and Wood Memorial (G1). He qualified for the Derby but finished 12th but came back and ran a strong third in the Preakness Stakes (G1), just missing after a gamely stretch drive.
“Jackson Bend was one of the most fierce competitors on the track that I can remember,” said Brent Fernung, Journeyman Stud owner. “Whether is was running 1 3/16 miles in the Preakness, or six furlongs against the best sprinters in the world in the Breeders' Cup, this horse showed up every time and represented himself at a high level. He held the banner for Florida for multiple years on the track, and we're thrilled to now have the opportunity to stand him in front of Florida breeders.”
Jackson Bend was a multiple Grade 1 winner of the 2011 Forego Handicap and 2012 Carter Handicap, and also won the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope. He was on the board in several of America's biggest races, including the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1). Jackson Bend retires with eight total stakes victories.
Trained by Stanley Gold during most of his Florida races, he was also conditioned by Nick Zito when racing in New York, New Jersey and Kentucky.
Jackson Bend, who is out of the Tabasco Cat mare Sexy Stockings, will stand 2013 for a fee of $5,000 stands and nurses.
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