03/28/2014 9:42AM

Jackson Bend retired, to stand at stud in 2015

Barbara D. Livingston
Jackson Bend returned from his first retirement to earn over $190,000 but has been officially retired again to stand at stud in 2015.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend’s comeback bid has come to an end, with co-owner Fred Brei announcing the horse’s retirement on Thursday to Florida Horse magazine.

The 7-year-old son of Hear No Evil was being considered for the Grade 1 Carter Handicap on April 5 at Aqueduct before the decision was made to retire him.

Jackson Bend finishes his career with nine wins in 37 starts for career earnings of $1,806,750. He was co-campaigned by Brei under the name Jacks or Better Farm and Robert LaPenta, who bought into the horse after his 2-year-old campaign, where he dominated the Florida Stallion Series races at Calder Race Course. The horse was trained at various times by Stanley Gold and Nick Zito.

During his prime, Jackson Bend was among North America’s leading runners from seven furlongs to a mile, winning the Grade 1 Forego Stakes in 2011 and both the Carter Handicap and Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes in 2012. He was also a horse of note during his 3-year-old campaign, in which he finished third in the 2010 Preakness Stakes following a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes and a start in the Kentucky Derby.

However, his career became derailed in August 2012 after he collided with a loose horse, Little Nick, and was knocked to the ground on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course. He was subsequently retired after finishing last in that year’s Forego Stakes.

Jackson Bend was sent to stud in Florida for the 2013 breeding season, but lingering back injuries from the collision led his owners to decide against having him cover mares.

After showing signs of recovery and a will to run, Jackson Bend was placed back into training in May 2013. He was winless in nine starts under Stanley Gold’s supervision, but finished second in the 2013 Forego and the 2014 Hal’s Hope. His last effort was an off-the-board finish in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes on February 8.

“He’s made [over $190,000] since he came out of retirement the first time, but running second and third is below his dignity,” Brei told Florida Horse. “It is going to leave a very big hole in the barn and I’m sad about that. But we’re bringing him home in good health and for that I am very happy.”

Brei told Florida Horse that Jackson will stand the 2015 breeding season in Florida, but plans have yet to be finalized.

Bred in Florida by Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm, Jackson Bend is out of the winning Tabasco Cat mare Sexy Stockings, whose three winners from four foals to race also includes stakes winner Garter Belt and stakes-placed Grande Shores.