Jackson Bend won the 2011 Forego by 3 1/4 lengths.

Jackson Bend won the 2011 Forego by 3 1/4 lengths.

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Jackson Bend 'Set Up' for Forego at Saratoga

Nick Zito trainee is going for a repeat in the Forego Stakes at Saratoga Sept. 1.

Dual grade 1 winner Jackson Bend breezed a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track on the morning of Aug. 16  under exercise rider Maxine Correa, covering the distance in :49.33 as he preps for the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

Jackson Bend is aiming for a repeat in the seven-furlong race in which he earned his first grade I victory.

“He’ll work again, major work, but he’s all set up anyway,” trainer Nick Zito said. “He keeps himself fit. He’s a horse you don’t have to do much with. I just want to keep him as happy as we can and hope it works out good for him again.”

Jackson Bend, a 5-year-old son of Hear No Evil out of the Tabasco Cat mare Sexy Stockings, finished fourth on opening day in the James Marvin Stakes (gr. III), a race he also won in 2011, for owners Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei.

“He never had a real chance,” Zito said of the James Marvin, in which Jackson Bend had a wide trip. “Obviously a grade I is always tougher, but seven-eighths, he always runs well. Just trying to do it again, that’s the main thing.”

Jackson Bend has won or placed in 19 of 27 starts and has earned $1,608,450.