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Hold Me Back in the winner's circle
Hold Me Back in the winner's circle after the 2009 Lane's End Stakes
© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Winning jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "I thought I was hopelessly beaten the second the doors opened. He just stood there and it worked out really well in the end because closers perform so much better on (Polytrack). After a fearful start he carried me around the racetrack in great fashion, strong, in the bridle, continued to move forward, and I allowed him to do that passing the 1/2 mile pole and just collected the frontrunners continually until we made the lead. Bittel Road was struggling down the backside so I just peeled out from behind him and just went about my own business. He just powered for the wire, full of energy."