10/31/2011 9:39AM

Breeders' Cup Sprint the choice for Jackson Bend

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.-  After several days of deliberation on the part of trainer Nick Zito, Jackson Bend was entered Monday morning in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint rather than in the Dirt Mile, which was his first preference when pre-entered five days earlier.

Zito said last week that Jackson Bend was pre-entered in both races to keep options open for another few days, and after weighing those options he finally opted for the six-furlong Sprint. Jackson Bend, winner of the seven furlong Forego and runner-up to Uncle Mo in the one mile Kelso, has not raced at six furlongs since winning Calder’s Dr. Fager during the summer of his 2-year-old campaign.

Zito said his decision to start Jackson Bend in the Sprint was based on a  combination of reasons including pace, the depth of the Dirt Mile field, and the possibility that a victory in the Sprint could earn Jackson Bend an Eclipse Award.

The Dirt Mile also lost a second starter prior to entry time when trainer Todd Pletcher said Rule would not run due to a bruised left hind foot.
 

- additional reporting by David Grening
 

Sprint, Post Time: 2:37 ET Saturday

Purse: $1,500,000; 6 furlongs; gr. I

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Euroears

Bob Baffert

Rafael Bejarano

4-1

1

Giant Ryan

Bisnath Parboo

Cornelio Velasquez

8-1

1

Aikenite

Todd Pletcher

Javier Castellano

8-1

1

Hamazing Destiny

D. Wayne Lukas

Robbie Albarado

10-1

1

Jackson Bend

Nick Zito

Corey Nakatani

7-2

1

Force Freeze

Peter Walder

John Velazquez

10-1

1

Amazombie

William Spawr

Mike Smith

5-1

1

Big Drama

David Fawkes

Ramon Dominguez

5-2

1

Apriority

David Fawkes

Joel Rosario

30-1


Dirt Mile, Post Time: 4:01 ET Saturday

Purse: $1,000,000; 1 mile; gr. I

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

The Factor

Bob Baffert

Martin Garcia

7-2

1

Shackleford

Dale Romans

Jesus Castanon

7-2

1

Tapizar

Steve Asmussen

Garrett Gomez

20-1

1

Tres Borrachos

Mary Jones

Joel Rosario

30-1

1

Wilburn

Steve Asmussen

Julien Leparoux

4-1

1

Irrefutable

Bob Baffert

Rafael Bejarano

12-1

1

Jersey Town

Barclay Tagg

Cornelio Velasquez

15-1

1

Caleb's Posse

Donnie Von Hemel

Rajiv Maragh

5-1

1

Trappe Shot

Kiaran McLaughlin

John Velazquez

3-1