12/10/2009 12:00AM

Jackson Bend returns home

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Jim Lisa
Jackson Bend won 5 of 6 starts for trainer Stanley Gold before being turned over to Nick Zito.

MIAMI - Jackson Bend, the scourge of the local 2-year-old division this season, arrived at his winter home under trainer Nick Zito's shed at Palm Meadows on Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson Bend is the No. 2-rated juvenile on the Watchmaker Watch behind Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Lookin at Lucky. He made all six of his starts for trainer Stanley Gold, winning the last five, including all three legs of the Florida Stallion series. The 100 Beyer Speed Figure he earned - despite stumbling badly leaving the starting gate - in the In Reality Stakes remains the highest for any 2-year-old around two turns in 2009.

A majority interest in Jackson Bend was sold privately by owner Fred Brei's Jacks or Better Farm to Robert La Penta shortly after the In Reality. Jackson Bend was subsequently turned over to Zito and spent several weeks at Churchill Downs before returning to south Florida earlier this week.

"He went to Gulfstream Park for a couple of days before moving up to Palm Meadows," said Zito. "And if all goes well he'll probably work sometime around Christmas."

Zito said he has not decided where Jackson Bend will race next, but he mentioned Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Holy Bull at a mile Jan. 23 as an option.

"Right now our main goal is to get him to the Kentucky Derby, and we can use any of several plans to get him there, all of which will be determined by what's in the best interest of the horse as we continue to move forward," said Zito.

Hear Ye Hear Ye works out

Hear Ye Hear Ye, a former stablemate of Jackson Bend who also races in the colors of Jacks or Better, tuned up for his next start with a bullet five furlong work in 1:00 on Thursday. Hear Ye Hear Ye has had an up-and-down 2-year-old campaign, occasionally showing signs of brilliance, including a 1 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong Jack Price Juvenile here Nov. 14.

Mr. Green, who finished third as the 4-5 favorite in the Jack Price, also worked Thursday, going an easy half-mile in 51.60 seconds. Mr. Green finished second behind Jackson Bend in the Dr. Fager and Affirmed divisions of the Stallion Stakes.

Too Many Toyz seeks fifth straight

Too Many Toyz will put his four-race winning streak on the line in Saturday's $29,500 allowance feature. Too Many Toyz won three consecutive first-level optional claiming races before stepping way up in the Carl G. Rose Classic, where he upset It's a Bird by one length.

Too Many Toyz, who'll pick up 11 pounds off his victory in the Carl G. Rose, will face a field that includes Colonial Causeway, Temo's Dream, Cinnamon Road, and Pechito.

Saturday's co-featured 10th race at a mile on the turf is also a good one. Jet Propulsion, a graded stakes winner, figures to be heavily favored and should receive his stiffest challenge from the graded stakes-placed Livingston Street.