April 8, 2009- Hold Me Back the winner of the Grade 2 Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park, is listed as the early morning favorite today at 3-1. The Bill Mott trainee is looking to take the Bluegrass Stakes as a serious prep for next month Kentucky Derby. Hold Me Back drew the 10th post coming out of the gate. The 11 horse field also headlines Theregoesjojo,Terrain, and Charitable Man. Hold Me Back is the 3 year old son of racing legend Giant’s Causeway he was breed and is owned by Winstar Farm LLC. He is a graduate of the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sales, he was bought for 400,000 dollars. Bill Mott gave two-tumbs up when asked about how the colt was doing, he most recently worked at 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 on April, 5th. Kent Desormeaux who rode Hold Me Back to the Lane’s End victory will have the mount on saturday.
Not to early to make predicitons for this race but I personally favor the improving Hold Me Back in this race, after his brilliant win in the Lane’s End I think he is too much to handle. But I will also give a look at Terrain the 3 year old son of Sky Mesa, his most recent outing was a 3rd place finish in the Louisana Derby on a sloppy track. He showed promise coming around the turn but was brutally cut off from making his move down the stretch. I definilty intrigued at the fact that Julien R. Leparoux will get the mount of Terrain. Leparoux has been an outstanding stakes rider in the past couple of year, espically when the stakes race is at Keeneland. He has already claimed the Grade 3 Transylvania stakes on April 3rd aboard Stormalory. The other horse to pay attention to in this race is Theregoesjojo, the 3 year old son out of Brahms. Theregoesjojo placed in the Florida Derby on March 28th behind early Derby favorites Quality Road and Dunkirk. Jojo is trained by Kenny McPeek and will be ridden by Calvin Borel this saturday. “”He’s doing great since the (Florida Derby),” McPeek said. “I had babied him between races and he had a little bit of trouble. That race was a good test against two very good horses. Our horse is doing well and I think he’s going to love Polytrack. We should learn a lot. He was anxious early in the Florida Derby, so we hope he’ll relax better this time. I don’t think distance will be a problem. I think the key will be just getting away from Quality Road.” The confidence that McPeek is showing in this promosing colt is enough for me to give him a serious look when I place my bets this saturday.