04/26/2009 12:00AM

Hold Me Back, Square Eddie work


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hold Me Back and Square Eddie, who turned in promising but losing efforts in Keeneland's major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, both had their final works for the 135th Derby on a warm Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

Hold Me Back is coming off a second-place finish to General Quarters in the Blue Grass Stakes. Daily Racing Form caught him going five furlongs in 1:01.15 under his Derby jockey, Kent Desormeaux, while out-working another Bill Mott-trained stablemate, the maiden Flying Warrior.

"I was pretty pleased with it," Mott said. "He was good and smooth, and he accelerated as much as Kent would let him."

Square Eddie was third just eight days ago in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, his first start since suffering a minor cannon bone fracture in February. He went an easy half-mile in 50.26 seconds under exercise rider Tony Romero, working from the three-furlong pole to the seven-furlong pole, a sensible move considering the Derby is just six days away and he is coming back on short rest.

"He just ran eight days ago, so it's not like he needed a whole lot," said Doug O'Neill, who trains Square Eddie.

In California, Mr. Hot Stuff, the third-place finisher in the Santa Anita Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Santa Anita for trainer Eoin Harty. He is scheduled to fly to Kentucky on Monday.

Also working here were Kentucky Oaks prospects Be Fair, who went five furlongs in 1:01.15 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, and Gabby's Golden Gal, who covered five furlongs in 1:00.28 for trainer Bob Baffert.

A number of Derby runners are scheduled to have their final works on Monday, including Advice, Chocolate Candy, Friesan Fire, and Pioneerof the Nile. Rachel Alexandra, the likely favorite for the Oaks, is also scheduled to work Monday.