Holy Boss, a Grade 2-winning sprinter and earner of $771,527 who ran exclusively in stakes races since the spring of his 3-year-old season, will enter stud at Louis Merryman’s Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md., joining Imagining and Bourbon Courage, for the 2018 season.

Bred by Adena Springs and trained by Steve Asmussen for Jerry Durant, Holy Boss made his debut at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old and was tabbed a TDN Rising Star following his 10¼-length score.

During a four-race win streak early in his 3-year-old season, he captured Oaklawn Park’s Bachelor and Pimlico’s Chick Lang Stakes, both at 6 furlongs in 1:09 and change, and Saratoga’s Grade 2 Amsterdam, completing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.38, which earned a 102 Beyer.

Other notable achievements during his career was a third to Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Runhappy in the King’s Bishop-G1, a second to leading sprinter A. P. Indian in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap-G1, and fourth in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1, 3½ lengths behind winner Runhappy and Private Zone while defeating the likes of millionaires Salutos Amigos, Stallwalkin’ Dude, Wild Dude and Kobe’s Back and multiple track record setter Limousine Liberal. Holy Boss retires sound and without injury, having earned eight 100 or higher Beyer figures over a 22-race career which included 10 stakes wins or placings.

Holy Boss is a 5-year-old son of Street Boss out of Holy Grace (by Holy Bull), and is a half-brother to the Ghostzapper filly Holy Helena, winner of this year’s Queen’s Plate against males at a mile and a quarter, as well as the Woodbine Oaks, in five starts.

Holy Boss hails from the dynamic sire family of leading sires A.P. Indy, Raja Baba and Gay Mecene. “Holy Boss is one of those unique stallion prospects that has precocity, speed, soundness, depth of family and the physicality to match. Adding him to the roster to be available to Mid Atlantic breeders was an easy choice,” said Merryman.

For more information, Louis Merryman may be reached at 443-907-7122 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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