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WPT’s Next Star Maryland-Bred 2yo?

Holy Berries

  • Filly From First Crop of Fast Saratoga Grade 2 Winner

  • Strong Breeze A Tick Off Bullet Time at Santa Anita

  • Out Of A Stakes-Winning, Prolific Racemare

Just about one year ago to the day, West Point discovered the eventual champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old of 2020, Jaxon Traveler, who has gone on to be a rock-solid stakes horse in open company as a 3-year-old. This week, it was a Maryland-bred 2-year-old filly who caught our eye at the Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita sale. The filly comes from the first crop of Holy Boss, a rocket-ship who captured the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. And she is out of a stakes-winning mare who embodied the term "hard-knocking," collecting 11 wins and more than $400,000 in earnings. Our new filly worked an eighth of a mile in 10 3/5, one tick off the bullet time on a main track at Santa Anita that is pretty much the opposite of being souped-up. "I like the stallion, I think he has a really good shot at stud," Terry Finley said. "We've had a lot of luck recently in Maryland with Jaxon Traveler and they are very similar. They are both by sprint sires. "We had to outbid a couple of very experienced, sharp buyers but I think we got good bit of value for this filly. Her vet work looks great. She has a very intelligent head. She is exactly the kind of horse we have had success with the last couple of years." The pedigree garners an "A" rating from TrueNicks. The new filly will be based in New York with George Weaver, who has had good success shipping into Maryland through the years, including Grade 2 wins with Point of Honor and Saratoga County.

Trainer: George Weaver

  • Trainer of leading sprinters Saratoga County and Vekoma.
  • Finished Second in 2021 Grade 1 Ashland With 3yo Filly Pass the Champagne. 
  • Longtime D. Wayne Lukas assistant.

Holy Berries Info

  • Trainer: George Weaver
  • Sire: Holy Boss
  • Dam: Kip Berries
  • Broodmare Sire: Kipling
  • Birth Date: January 28, 2019
  • Sex: filly
  • Bred: Maryland
  • Engagements: Breeders' Cup, Maryland-bred Program
  • Dosage Index: 3.00
  • Center of distribution: 1.00
  • TrueNicks: A
  • Work Time: 10 3/5
  • Stride Length: 23.4 (above average)

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