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Hold Me Back

Hold Me Back


Pedigree: Giant's Causeway - Restraint (Unbridled's Song)

Owner: WinStar Farm, LLC ( Bill Casner, et al)

Trainer: William I. Mott


Side: WinStar Silks


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HOLD ME BACK - Winner of the Lane's End Stakes and 2nd in the Bluegrass Stakes!


The connections of favored Hold Me Back were gracious in defeat following the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 11 and looking forward to running their colt next in the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) in three weeks. The 3-year-old son of Giant's Causeway finished second, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winning longshot, General Quarters, while carrying the colors of Bill Casner's and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm, which bred the colt in partnership with Haras Santa Maria de Araras.

“I’m pleased with the way my horse ran,” said Hold Me Back’s trainer, Hall of Famer Bill Mott “He ran a good race for a horse coming back off of a tough race three weeks ago first out (in 2009). A lot of times, they’ll regress a little bit. Maybe this wasn’t his best race, and maybe it doesn’t need to be, so I think we’ve got to look at the upside. The good thing is that he ran a good, honest, hard race. He’ll have a little more pace down the road, which won’t hurt him at all.”

Hold Me Back ran near the back of the 11-horse Blue Grass field early and had to run on the outside much of the way in the 1 1/8-mile race. As he charged down the stretch, he cut into the winner’s lead but never really threatened. Hold Me Back, which scored in the Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II) in his 2009 debut March 21, is Derby bound, according to Mott as long as the colt is healthy following the Blue Grass.

“I think that’s what everybody’s thinking,” the trainer said. “The camp is anxious to go to Churchill Downs.”