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2009 Toyota Blue Grass Day at Keeneland


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Second place finisher Hold Me Back
Second place finisher Hold Me Back

Second place finisher Hold Me Back returns after the 2009 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "He handled the crowd and the parade, all the horses around him, he did all of that really well.  I think he's been fine-tuned today, and the next one is the one we shoot for.  I would have liked to have won today, of course, but it was a very encouraging effort."

Trainer Bill Mott said, "If you look at the upside it's a good thing he gave an honest and hard race. Have a little more pace down the road: That can't hurt him. The camp is anxious to go to Churchill."

Elliott Walden, vice president of racing for owner WinStar Farm, said, "He ran well, very well. A little wide on both turns, but they went slow up front and he finished strong. I don't see why not (run in the Derby). We're very pleased with the effort but we'll let the horse tell us."

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