Hold Me Back retired to stud
Monday, October 25, 2010
Grade II winner and multiple grade I-placed Hold Me Back will enter stud in 2011 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky.

“Unfortunately, a strained tendon has compromised Hold Me Back’s chances of recapturing the brilliance he showed us during his 2009 campaign,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar’s vice president and racing manager. The 4-year-old colt was bred by WinStar in partnership with Haras Santa Maria de Araras.

Hold Me Back, by Giant's Causeway —Restraint, by Unbridled's Song , began his 3-year-old campaign with a win in the $500,000 Lanes End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. He later finished second to General Quarters in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and second in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga behind 3-year-old male champion Summer Bird. This year, Hold Me Back won the Dominion Day Handicap (gr. III) at Woodbine. He was retired with $872,610 in career earnings and four wins and three seconds from 14 lifetime starts, 11 in graded company.

“Standing every bit of 16.3, he is a very fluid mover and an imposing individual," said Bill Mott, who trained the colt for his entire career. "He is versatile and ran in all of the big races including a great Travers run.”

“With his physical presence, his talent, and his excellent pedigree, Hold Me Back has the credentials to make it as a stud,” said WinStar president Doug Cauthen. “We have been lucky with talented grade II winners before.”

Hold Me Back will be available for viewing at WinStar Farm during an open house starting Nov. 7. The stud fee has not been announced.
American Patriot scores big on Belmont Park turf title=
American Patriot

American Patriot scores big on Belmont Park turf

WinStar Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt American Patriot tallied an eye-catching three length victory on the Belmont Park inner turf course on Saturday...

[read more]

You Know Too sparkles in debut for Colonel John title=
Colonel John

You Know Too sparkles in debut for Colonel John

Colonel John's debuting 2-year-old filly You Know Too turned in one of the most impressive juvenile performances this year Thursday at Delaware Park, romping to a six-length victory...

[read more]

More Than Ready 2yos run 1-2 for leading juvenile sire title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready 2yos run 1-2 for leading juvenile sire

Bahama Halo and Noble Ready completed a More Than Ready stallion exacta in a six-furlong Belmont Park maiden special weight race on June 22...

[read more]

Well-bred Super Saver filly sharp in MdSpWt debut title=
Super Saver

Well-bred Super Saver filly sharp in MdSpWt debut

Open Arms chalked up an eye-catching victory in her June 19 debut in a seven-furlong maiden special weight contest at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Wood Memorial (G1) winner Outwork to stand at WinStar upon retirement title=

Wood Memorial (G1) winner Outwork to stand at WinStar upon retirement

WinStar Farm and Woodford Thoroughbreds have partnered to acquire the breeding rights to Repole Stable’s leading 3-year-old colt Outwork, winner of this year’s Wood Memorial (G1) from the first crop of sire sensation Uncle Mo...

[read more]

Speightstown colt racks up third black type win title=
Speightstown

Speightstown colt racks up third black type win

Full Salute took to the Monmouth Park turf course Sunday and came away with a one-length victory in the $60,000 Select S...

[read more]

Late surge carries Creator to Belmont S. (G1) victory title=

Late surge carries Creator to Belmont S. (G1) victory

WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay's Creator weaved his way between horses in the Belmont Park stretch to catch and pass Destin in the final strides of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1)...

[read more]

Tom's Ready makes the grade in Woody Stephens S. (G2) title=
More Than Ready

Tom's Ready makes the grade in Woody Stephens S. (G2)

Tom's Ready became More Than Ready's second stakes winner in two days with his incredible last-to-first run to capture the $500,000 Woody Stephens S. (G2)...

[read more]

Eagle Way becomes More Than Ready's 22nd Grade 1 winner title=
More Than Ready

Eagle Way becomes More Than Ready's 22nd Grade 1 winner

Leading international super-sire More Than Ready recorded his 22nd lifetime Grade One winner Saturday when Eagle Way won the $600,000 Aus Queensland Derby (G1)...

[read more]

Cash Control becomes graded winner in Mint Julep S. (G3) title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Cash Control becomes graded winner in Mint Julep S. (G3)

Already a two-time black type winner, Cash Control got her first graded stakes win Saturday when the 5-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile took the Mint Julep S. (G3)...

[read more]