Journeyman Stud stallion Jackson Bend, a multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire who retired from racing in 2012, will not stand his first season at stud in 2013 after it was determined that he would require more time to recover from a training accident suffered last August.
“After observing him mounting and dismounting test mares this past week, the clinical impression was that it is not in this horse’s best interest to breed the 2013 breeding season,” said Dr. Philip Matthews, D.V.M., a specialist at Peterson & Smith Equine Reproduction Center in Ocala. “There was discomfort during the process, which is likely due to the lingering effect from his back injury suffered in the training incident last summer at Saratoga.”
In preparation for his title defense in the 2012 Forego H. (G1), Jackson Bend was involved in a freak accident during a routine morning gallop at Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track when another horse lost control and collided into the side of Jackson Bend, knocking him down. He suffered significant swelling and back soreness, and was believed to have suffered a concussion, although he was never officially diagnosed with any health issues.
It was decided by owners Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei, who is also breeder, that Jackson Bend be retired to stud at Journeyman for 2013. His overall recovery had gone well prior to the test breedings.
“I'm disappointed that we will not be able to stand Jackson Bend this year, but we want to do what is best for him for the long haul,” said Brent Fernung, owner of Journeyman Stud. “I'm looking forward to his continued recovery and fully expect him to be at Journeyman breeding a full book in 2014.”
Jackson Bend began his racing career by sweeping all three divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes as a 2-year-old. He was runner-up in the Holy Bull (G3), Fountain of Youth (G2) and Wood Memorial (G1), and was a close third in the Preakness S. (G1) as a 3-year-old.
At ages four and five, 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 retired with eight total stakes victories and earnings of $1,613,450.
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