10/27/2011 4:35PM

Breeders' Cup: Jackson Bend possible for Sprint

Barbara D. Livingston
Jackson Bend was pre-entered in the BC Dirt Mile and Sprint.

Though it was widely expected that Jackson Bend would run in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, he was pre-entered for both that race and the $1.5 million Sprint at six furlongs.

On Thursday, trainer Nick Zito said he will wait until the last minute before deciding in which race to run. Jackson Bend went 2 for 2 at six furlongs in his juvenile year of 2009.

“I wanted to pre-enter the Sprint because he is a sprinter,” Zito said by phone from Saratoga, where Jackson Bend worked four furlongs in 47.50 seconds over a good track Thursday morning. “That mile dirt race didn’t come up so easy, as you can tell. We wanted to take a look at both races and weigh our options. I’m not leaning any way, I’m just looking at it.”

One reason to run in the Sprint might be the likelihood of a faster pace, setting up Jackson Bend’s closing kick.

Jackson Bend, a son of Hear No Evil, went 2 for 2 at six furlongs in Florida-bred stakes at Calder when trained by Stanley Gold. Jackson Bend is scheduled to ship to Kentucky on Monday, the day entries are drawn.

Jackson Bend won a pair of seven-furlong stakes at Saratoga including the Grade 1 Forego. In his most recent start, Jackson Bend finished second to Uncle Mo in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap. Uncle Mo is expected to run in the $5 million Classic, for which he was also pre-entered.

Nine of the 16 horses pre-entered for the Dirt Mile were pre-entered for other races. Twelve horses were pre-entered for the Sprint, five of which were also pre-entered for the Dirt Mile.