Jackson Bend added another stellar performance to his brilliant career Saturday, winning Aqueduct's $400,000 Carter H. (G1) by a nose over Caleb's Posse. The 5-year-old Jackson Bend is the lifetime leading earner for his sire Hear No Evil, who is one of only two Florida stallions with a Grade 1 winner in 2012.
Fourth early, Jackson Bend moved into second around the turn and was a half-length behind Shackleford at the three-furlong marker. Jackson Bend made the lead at the five-sixteenths pole and Shackleford, who wound up third, gave way in mid-stretch. Caleb’s Posse came with his late run but Jackson Bend would not be denied, running his record at seven furlongs to a perfect 4-for-4. His final time of 1:22.32 earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109, second best of his career.
The victory ran Jackson Bend's record to 9-6-4 from 25 starts. The winner of last year's Grade 1 Forego S., Jackson Bend also finished second in the 2010 Wood Memorial (G1) and third in that year’s Preakness S. (G1).
“I know how game he is, but I was worried,” said his trainer Nick Zito. “I was looking at that wire; when that wire hit I said ‘Oh man.’ ”
Owned by Robert LaPenta in partnership with breeder Fred Brei, Jackson Bend has amassed $1,580,950 in his career. Brei bred him from his mare Sexy Stockings, who has also produced the two-time stakes winner Garter Belt.
After the race, the top three finishers appeared all set to meet up again May 28 in the one-mile, Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park.
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