Jackson Bend shows tremendous heart in G1 Carter H.
Saturday, April 07, 2012 Share on Facebook RSS Feeds
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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