09/04/2007 11:00PM

Trainer Jackson's roots to Brego run deep



Trainer Bruce Jackson has been involved in the life of Brego, whom he sent out Monday to win the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup at Remington Park, long before the horse was foaled in 2002.

On separate trips to England, Jackson purchased both the sire and dam of Brego on behalf of clients. His sire, In Excess, came to North America in 1990 and won four Grade 1 races here for owner Jack Munari and Jackson. Nine years later, Jackson bought Cheshire Cat, the dam of Brego, on behalf of Denise Tyler.

"I bought that mare for a client, specifically to breed her to In Excess," said Jackson. "I bought her in England. She broke her maiden going a mile and a quarter. Everybody had been breeding speed-type mares to In Excess. I bought her to come up with a quality kind of distance horse."

Tyler and Jackson raced Cheshire Cat in Southern California before the mare was bred to In Excess. Tyler, who breeds for the market, sold Brego as a 2-year-old in training. He was purchased by Paul Varni. The win in the DeBartolo was Brego's first in a stakes. It was his third start in a stakes, following starts in the Grade 3 Dallas Turf Cup in 2006 and 2007.

"Every time we ran him in the Dallas Turf Cup, it's been a real wet turf," said Jackson. "He didn't like that."

Brego got firm turf in the DeBartolo, and closed up the inside for a one-length win at 17-1. Jackson said he came out of the race in good order, and has been nominated to the $200,000 Unbridled BC at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 22. He also will be nominated to the $100,000 Remington Green Handicap at Remington on Oct. 21.

Retama: Pish goes for ninth title

Danny Pish will be shooting for his ninth straight training title during the Retama Park meet that opens Friday night outside of San Antonio. Among the top horses in his barn are Goosey Moose, whose meet objective is the $100,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on Oct. 13, and Spoonerism, who is being pointed for the $45,000 Chick Lang Jr. Memorial Stakes Sept. 15.

Both horses won stakes during the Lone Star Park meet, and both are Texas-breds, which is Pish's strength. He said about 80 percent of the horses he has in training are Texas-breds. He will be keying on the statebred maiden and statebred allowance opportunities this meet at Retama.

"Those are really important races to me," said Pish.

Pish finished third in the recent Lone Star standings in both wins, with 47, and in stable earnings, with $790,795. He sent out some promising 2-year-olds during the meet, some that could be seen at Retama in either the $100,000 El Joven or the $100,000 La Senorita, both on Oct. 27.

"I've got a group of 2-year-olds nominated to the El Joven and La Senorita," said Pish, "some of which are non-starters that I've got hopes for and a couple that broke their maidens at Lone Star that may improve off the added distance."

This year, the one-mile turf races are being held about seven weeks later than usual.

"In moving their two feature races, the El Joven and La Senorita, to a later date, I think it will give everybody a better chance to have those 2-year-olds ready to stretch," said Pish.

Pish's top 2-year-old last year at Retama was Daddy Warbucks, who won his debut at the track in August and also captured the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes last October. He was retired following a sixth-place finish in a division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star in May. Pish said owner William Bright plans to stand Daddy Warbucks at stud in Texas. The colt won three stakes during his career. He is a son of Valid Expectations.

* Retama has reduced the supplemental nomination fee to both the El Joven or La Senorita from $10,000 to $6,000, said racing secretary James Leatherman. Last year, Going Ballistic won the El Joven as a supplemental entry. He has since gone on to run third in the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington Park.