First starter is first winner for Hold Me Back
Thursday, April 10, 2014

WinStar Farm freshman sire Hold Me Back, the Grade 2-winning and multiple Grade 1-placed son of Giant’s Causeway, sired his first winner from his first starter Thursday, April 10th. 

The 2-year-old filly Truth in the Lies made her career debut in a 4 ½-furlong heat at Pimlico, breaking with good speed and leading the field wire to wire to score a clear two-length victory. The final time was 54.17 seconds over a fast track in the $34,000 maiden race.

“We’re not surprised to see early and fast 2-year-olds from Hold Me Back,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. “This filly is not the first one we’ve seen or heard about, and it all makes sense with the Storm Cat influence on the top and Unbridled’s Song influence on the bottom of Hold Me Back’s pedigree.”

Owned and trained by Wesley Ward, the dark bay filly earned $18,810 for the win. Bred in Kentucky by Highclere Inc., Truth in the Lies is out of the stakes-producing Silver Ghost mare Ms. Misery.

Hold Me Back was a multiple Grade 1-placed three-year-old who earned his biggest win in the $500,000 Lane's End S. on the Kentucky Derby trail. The grand-looking son of Giant's Causeway was also runner-up in the Blue Grass S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1) at three, and he went on to win the Dominion Day S. (G3) as a 4-year-old. 

Out of the multiple stakes-producing Unbridled's Song mare Restraint, Hold Me Back earned $872,610 before retiring to stud at WinStar, where he’s currently standing the 2014 breeding season for $6,000 stands and nurses.
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