Bullet Move For Jackson Bend at Palm Meadows
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 1/16/2010 3:26:46 PM
Last Updated: 1/19/2010 2:08:56 PM

Jackson Bend is scheduled to run next in the Holy Bull.
Photo: Jim Lisa Photos

(from Gulfstream Park notes)

Robert LaPenta’s Jackson Bend worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.30 on Jan. 16 at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito. He is preparing for his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).

The colt's drill was the fastest of 17 at the distance on the Palm Meadows work tab. The Holy Bull, a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds, is Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park.

Jackson Bend will be making his first start for LaPenta and Zito since a majority interest in the chestnut colt was purchased privately not long after he won the $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Race Course on Oct. 17.

Jackson Bend won his fifth straight race for then owner-breeder Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality. He has captured four consecutive stakes races.

A Florida-bred son of Jacks or Better’s freshman sire Hear No Evil  , Jackson Bend drew off to win the In Reality impressively by 2 3/4 lengths. His only loss of came in a close-up second in his career debut at Calder going 4 1/2 furlongs on May 9.

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