01/28/2013 4:31PM

Jackson Bend to miss first season at stud in 2013

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Bend, who was scheduled to begin his career as a stallion this year at Journeyman Bloodstock in Ocala, Fla., has been withdrawn from stud duty after it was determined that he would require more time to recover from a training accident suffered in August.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


d dobec More than 1 year ago
To Nathan: Has Nathan never heard of the great stallions Mr. Greeley, Unbridled's Song, and Birdstone(two Classic winners in his first crop) or War Pass(two Derby starters this year)! His comments are so unfounded and ridiculous that they need no further comment!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jackson Bend at stud would improve the breed. He gave every indication of being sound until his accident, and his second dam, Lottsa Talc, was one of the most durable mares ever.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
. he needs more time for his central nervous system to recover from all the drugs he was given. name one, just one zito horse that made it at stud.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Stupid move when they ran him in the FOREGO after being knocked down...they SQUEEZED the LEMON one to many TIME$...SHAME on EM...
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
An they vote his trainer in the all of fame !
James More than 1 year ago
I'm only a casual observer but that was such a high profile incident and the Forego is such an import race I have a hard time not taking Zito as his word that all tests were negative and the horse seemed ready. Having said that I wouldn't have bet JBend in that race.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
What realy happend?? His balls are still shrunken from all the steriods he was on.
thomas j More than 1 year ago
You just read what really happened.
Tracy McCarthy More than 1 year ago
Slow and steady; his breeding career could stretch over 15 years or more. Give him a chance! 12 mos. of turnout costs nothing compared to a full book! Love this horse... he will be a stallion-star!
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
If he had swelling in back and a concussion, seems more than odd retrospect that they ran him in Forego? Did they do a nuclear scan after the initial injury? Anyway, nice to read that they are doing right by him now.
richard cowles More than 1 year ago
Hi barb.....The owners were very happy to see jack finish out his days at saratoga.He is a stud now.Best for you to recall him as a little guy with a big heart. 7/8 8/8. His back hurts......
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If I recall rightly, they sent JB back to the track very soon after that wreck on the track. I gotta say that so many of Breis' horses would do much better staying with Gold.
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
they really never should have raced him in the Forego after that happened. I've been present on 2 occasions when horses have collided, once during training hours in the morning and once in a race. Both times I was within 150 yards of it, both times a horse died, the one time both died. You just don't want to see 2 1200lb horses collide, no room for error, it is horrible to witness.
MICHEL More than 1 year ago
That´s too bad, now we will have to wait until 2017 to see his babies run. They should give him 4 or 5 mares ( one every month ) so the wait won´t be that long.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
So that he is only uncomfortable and causing delay to his full recovery only once a month? Or so they can destroy his freshman year stats and stallion career?