Despite a wide trip Jackson Bend finished a game 2nd, beaten by only 3/4 of a length, in Saturday's Holy Bull S.-G 3 at Gulfstream Park. This was also the 3-year-old Hear No Evil colt's Graded Stakes debut and first start in over 90 days.
Jackson Bend broke alertly as the 8/5 favorite however an early speed dual between horses to his inside forced him to remain 4-5 wide down the entire backstretch. On the far turn he began to gain some ground and as they straightened up from the quarter pole it looked as though Jackson Bend had the measure of the leaders as he began to reel in Homeboykris and Thank U Philippe but it was becoming apparent that the layoff and wide trip were conspiring against Jackson Bend as he started to look a bit leg weary. Just as Jackson Bend may have gotten his nose in front for the first time Winslow Homer, a fresher horse, being the beneficiary of a better post position and therefore a much better trip, kicked in another gear and finally got past a very stubborn Jackson Bend in the last strides.
Jackson Bend definitely got the most out of this race and should only improve going forward and we here at Pocket Aces Racing can't wait to see what exciting updates he can bring to our filly, Dixie's Hope's, pedigree.
Here are a couple of links to a race video and chart.