03/03/2010 1:00AM

William's Kitten injures ankle


One horse definitely off the Kentucky Derby trail is William's Kitten, who rallied to finish third in the Grade 3 Holy Bull. Trainer Mike Maker reports that William's Kitten suffered an ankle injury while training up to the Fountain of Youth and has been sent to owner Ken Ramsey's farm in Kentucky.

"It's nothing major but we sent him to the farm last week," said Maker. "We've been sitting all this time waiting to get a mile and one eighth race for him and this happens."

Buddy's Saint resumes training

Buddy's Saint, who finished a troubled ninth as the favorite in the Fountain of Youth, finally returned to the racetrack on Sunday. He jogged two miles alongside a pony here Wednesday morning.

Buddy's Saint was bounced around when attempting to rush up inside Aikenite entering the first turn of the nine-furlong Fountain of Youth.

"He got banged pretty good, and while he appeared to come out of it okay he showed a couple of days after the race that he was dinged a little bit," said trainer Bruce Levine. "I just decided to wait until he was 100 percent before sending him back to the track. He probably won't gallop until Friday or Saturday, but an extra few days really shouldn't be an issue since we've got an extra two weeks now that we've decided to pass the Florida Derby and await the Wood."

Mott mulls Hold Me Back's options

Trainer Bill Mott said he was pleased with Hold Me Back's second-place finish behind Wicked B. Havior in Wednesday's $53,000 allowance feature. The outing was the first for Travers runner-up Hold Me Back since the Kentucky Cup Classic on Sept. 26.

"We wanted to try him at a mile," Mott said. "Get a race into him and hopefully learn something at the same time. And it looks like we learned that a little more ground is necessary. I had been half-thinking of sending him out to California for the Big Cap but that might have been a little too much the first time back. But he galloped out well after this race, and if he stays effective on dirt, that would be good for us."

Mott mentioned either the Oaklawn Handicap or New Orleans Handicap as possible spots for Hold Me Back's next start.