|Jackson Bend is home free in the Grade 1 Forego S. photo-Adam Mooshian
Despite a less than ideal start, Jackson Bend was nothing short of incredible in the $250,000 Forego S. (G1) Sept. 3 at Saratoga, as the 4-year-old son of Hear No Evil weaved his way through traffic to score an emphatic 3 1/4-length victory in 1:22.08 for the seven furlongs.
Jackson Bend, who usually breaks very alertly, instead settled in the seventh spot for the backstretch run after breaking from the inside post in the field of nine. Corey Nakatani asked his mount for run going into the turn, and the chestnut colt respond instantly, going between horses coming into the stretch and then coming between rivals to strike the front about a furlong from the finish.
“Last time, I was able to figure him out a little bit,” said Nakatani. “He can be tactical. I just let him get in that high cruising speed. Turning for home, I angled down, then I angled back out and he exploded. I’m getting to know him a little better each time. Once I set him down and got him running, it was a matter of how far he was going to win.”
“We socked it to him pretty good [with] those workouts (since his last start),” said Nick Zito, who trains the colt for Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei. “He hadn’t run in six weeks (when he won the $78,000 James Marvin S., also at Saratoga). Whether I’m a tough coach on him, I don’t know, but he responded. He didn’t get away good but he made up for it and it worked out perfectly for him.”
The Forego was the first graded stakes win for Jackson Bend, who in 2008 won four stakes at Calder Race Course. He was second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial and third in the Grade 1 Preakness in 2009. Overall, he is 7-5-2 from 20 starts and with the win became racing's newest millionaire with earnings of $1,062,450.
Fred Brei's Jacks or Better Farm bred Jackson Bend in Florida from his mare Sexy Stockings, who also produced the two-time stakes winner Garter Belt.
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