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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 3 2010 Wood Memorial Aqueduct I 1 1/8 Mile 2 N/A
Feb 20 2010 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park II 1 1/8 Mile 2 N/A
Jan 23 2010 Holy Bull Stakes Gulfstream Park II 1M 2 N/A


Nick Zito


Zito saddled Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go For Gin in 1994 and trained Bird Town, who won the 2003 running of the Kentucky Oaks. He was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 2005. During that same year he saddled a record five starters for the Kentucky Derby, for five different owners. He has also won the Preakness with Louis Quatorze in 1996 and the Belmont twice with Birdstone in 2004, and Da’Tara in 2008.Zito got his start in horse racing as a teenager hot walking and grooming horses for trainer Buddy Jacobson, a leading trainer in New York during the 1960s. He later moved on to assistant trainer to Hall of Famer LeRoy Jolley and John Campo. In 1972 he saddled his first winner and in 1981 he scored his first graded stakes victory in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga with Mayanesian.Zito has won over 150 stakes races in his career and has won four runnings of the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.Born February 6, 1948 in New York City, New York.

Mike Smith


The son of a jockey, Smith, rode in his first race at age 11.  In 2005 Smith guided Giacomo to a win in the Kentucky Derby, and in 2013 rode Princess of Sylmar to victory in the Kentucky Oaks. He has won both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and 17 Breeders' Cup races, including three Classics. He has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, the  George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and was inducted in the the Hall of Fame in 2003. Mounts include: Azeri, Zenyatta, Holy Bull, Skip Away, Thunder Gulch, and Lure.

Robert LaPenta and Jacks or Better Farm (Fred Brei)


LaPenta is current Chairman of the Board, president, and CEO of Identity Solutions, a company that specializes in protecting personal identities and assets.Brei is a builder and developer. LaPenta entered racing in 1998 with basketball coach Rick Pitino. Brei started racing in 1972, but took a 15 year break to focus on his business. In 1987 Brei and his wife Jane sought out to become commercial breeders, but when their horses failed to meet their reserves, the couple began racing them.LaPenta’s purchased a majority interest in Jackson Bend after the colt swept the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Race Course under trainer Stanley Gold. Jackson Bend was then transferred to LaPenta’s main trainer Nick Zito.LaPenta and Zito have teamed up on three trips to the Kentucky Derby, but the closest they have come to the winner’s circle is a fifth place finish with The Cliff’s Edge in 2005.In 2007 LaPenta won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old War Pass, and would win the Belmont Stakes with Da’Tara in 2008.Brei best horse to race has been Midas Eyes, who they sold after he broke his maiden to Edmund Gann. Brei has campaigned Bayou’s Lassie, Honey Honey, Honey, and Hear No Evil.

Jacks or Better Farm


Owned by Fred and Jane Brei. Fred bought his first broodmare in 1972 at Keeneland and raced a small string of horses, but took a break from thoroughbreds to focus on his business as a builder and developer. Fifteen years later, Fred and Jane got back into commercial breeding, but after some of their horses failed to bring the prices they expected at sale they began racing them. In 2001 and 2004 Jacks or Better Farm were honored with the Needles Award as top small breeder operation in Florida. In 1997 they established Jack or Better Farm in Ocala, Florida on 88 acres. Raced such runners as multiple grade 3 winner Radical Riley, stakes winner Hear No Evil, Antsinmypants, and Midas Eyes, before selling him to Edmund A. Gann. Jackson Bend is by Hear No Evil, who the Brei’s raced and bred. The dam of Jackson Bend, Sexy Stockings, is also a homebred and raced for the Brei’s .


Hear No Evil--Sexy Stockings, by Tabasco Cat

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  • Jackson Bend’s sire is multiple Grade 3-placed stakes winner Hear No Evil
  • Hear No Evil captured black-type events ranging from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, and won on both turf and dirt
  • Jackson Bend is Hear No Evil’s most successful progeny
  • Hear No Evil’s one crop to race has won from 4 ½ furlongs to 8 ½ furlongs, with an average winning distance of 6.3 furlongs
  • Jackson Bend’s dam is allowance winner Sexy Stockings
  • Sexy Stockings has also produced dual stakes winner Garter Belt
  • Multiple Grade 2 winner Lottsa Talc is Jackson Bend’s second dam
  • Tabasco Cat, Jackson Bend’s broodmare sire, captured the 1994 Preakness S. (G1) and Belmont S. (G1) as well as ran second in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)
  • Other daughters of Tabasco Cat have produced the likes of Grade/Group 2 winners Eldaafer, Desert Party and Informed
  • Jackson Bend may have some distance limitations based on his pedigree

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