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Multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend returns to training
Multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend, who was scheduled to enter stud this year but had his breeding career put on hold due to lingering discomfort from an injury suffered last summer, has returned to training.
The 6-year-old Hear No Evil horse breezed five furlongs from the gate in 1:03.40 Sunday at Calder under the supervision of Stanley Gold, who has alternated training duties with Nick Zito throughout the horse's career. It was the first recorded work for Jackson Bend, but Gold says the horse has been galloping at a farm in Ocala, Fla., for several weeks.
Jackson Bend was involved in a training accident in August during a routine morning gallop on Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track when another horse collided with him and knocked him to the ground. 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 Grade 1 Forego Stakes two weeks later, and owners Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei retired him to Brent Fernung’s Journeyman Stud in Ocala in October. After showing signs of discomfort while mounting and dismounting during test breedings in January, the decision was made to bypass the 2013 breeding season and send the horse to a farm in Ocala for further rehabilitation.
“At that time, I wasn’t asking any questions and was just reading the stories like everyone else,” Gold said. “I knew that he was on the farm rehabbing with light exercise, and with each thing he was asked to do, he showed that he wanted to do more.
“So one thing led to another, and he went from jogging the wrong way, to jogging further the wrong way, to galloping, and all the time, he was progressing and wanting more,” Gold added. “And at some point, it was decided that the horse wanted to come back and would come back.”
Gold mentioned the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap July 6 at Calder as a target for Jackson Bend, with a possible prep in the Ponche Stakes on June 8.
So if he is uncomfortable mounting mares, how is it he can train with back issues? Sounds a little fishy. He is fast if he is sound. I think his first race will be a better indication of what is really happening, no mares or wanting to run.
Jackson Bend demonstrates the spirit that makes us love Thoroughbreds so much. Good luck, Jackson!
Its not like they saddled him up for the first time today. Hes been working and wanting more than what the exercise rider wanted him to do. This is exactly what you do with a horse with the challenging, competitive heart as Jackson Bend. This horse has showed sooo much heart in his races that I feel he deserves the nod to see whats left inside him. Go Jackson Bend!!!
I saw his last race. He was freaky at the gate but they ran him anyway, having not fully recovered from being concussed. I'm happy to hear he's on the mend and, please, take care of Jackson this time. Don't put him in if he's not ready.
They are not risking him, they probably just don't don't want to admit he got virtually no interest from mare owners because of his extremely weak pedigree and size. If they admitted it, they would get even less interest next year. This is a chance to pick up a few bucks with a horse who is probably sound but whose stud value is virtually nothing.
Geez now people are being criticized for racing a horse. They are called greedy for sending one to the breeding shed now they are greedy for returning one to the track.
lousy,greedy idea, just let him retire and wind down, I retired 2 who could have continued, but I just wanted them to enjoy the farm, and they did and still do, I take care of them everyday
There is a longer article on the BloodHorse web site. It goes into much more detail about JB's mental and physical condition. I think it will reassure those who are concerned about whether this is the right thing for this horse. He is a young healthy stallion and can't be turned out with other horses, so he would probably enjoy going back to the track more than standing in a field by himself.
One of the best sprinters in the country. Guess he just would rather race than flirt with the ladies on the farm!!!!
I'm not sure as to where this is going with Jackson Bend. When he ran 2nd to Uncle Mo in the Kelso back in October of 2011 he was in top form. He's tailed off, been injured, got older and I just don't see him returning to the top form he had. Robert LaPrenta made a lot of money off of Jackson and he deserves a rest this summer, not another hard campaign...