Four years after Jackson Bend left trainer Stanley Gold's barn, the two reunited at Calder a few months ago. Gold conditioned the horse to dominate the juvenile scene in Florida in 2009 before his owners transferred Jackson Bend to Nick Zito. After accumulating wins in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, Grade 3 Hal's Hope, and Grade 1 Forego, the horse was retired due to injury in fall 2012.
In an unexpected twist however, Jackson Bend recovered and returned to the Gold's barn earlier this year, in time for a fifth-place finish in the Ponche Handicap at Calder in June.
“He walked back in the barn and it was like seeing an old friend,” Gold told the Miami Herald. “He was just the same old Jackson.”
The pair will be aiming for a win in today's Smile Sprint Handicap.
Read more at the Miami Herald
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