01/28/2013 4:31PM

Jackson Bend to miss first season at stud in 2013

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Tom Keyser
Jackson Bend will not stand at stud in 2013 while he recovers from a training accident injury suffered last August.

Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend, who was scheduled to begin his career as a stallion this year at Journeyman Bloodstock in Ocala, Fla., has been withdrawn from stud duty after it was determined that he would require more time to recover from a training accident suffered in August.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 and 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.”

“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 in the long haul,” Journeyman Stud owner Brent Fernung said. “I’m looking forward to his continued recovery and fully expect him to be at Journeyman breeding a full book in 2014.”

Jackson Bend, a 6-year-old son of Hear No Evil, was involved in a training accident in August during a routine morning gallop on Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track while preparing for the Grade 1 Forego Stakes. Another horse lost control and collided with Jackson Bend on the track, knocking him down. Jackson Bend suffered swelling and back soreness and was believed to have suffered a concussion, although he was never officially diagnosed with any health issues.

Jackson Bend finished seventh in the Forego, and owners Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei retired him to Journeyman in October. His overall recovery had gone well prior to the test breedings.

Jackson Bend won all three divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder in 2009 for Fred Brei and trainer Stanley Gold. LaPenta bought a majority interest in Jackson Bend that fall and transferred him to trainer Nick Zito. Jackson Bend finished second in the Wood Memorial and third in the Preakness Stakes as a 3-year-old but produced his best racing as a 4- and 5-year-old, winning the 2011 Forego and the 2012 Carter Handicap in New York. He won nine of 28 starts—eight of them stakes—with six seconds and four thirds, earning $1,613,450.