Stakes winner Holy Ground, a half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, will enter stud at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla. His fee is $5,000.
A 4-year-old son of Saint Ballado, Holy Ground raced as homebred for Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables, the same as Barbaro. Trained by Michael Matz, Holy Ground broke his maiden by 8 1/2 lengths at Calder Race Course in his sole start as a 2-year-old and won the 2005 Stanton Stakes by 13 1/4 lengths at Delaware Park at 3. He ran third in two turf stakes, including the Woodlawn Stakes to English Channel at Pimlico. Holy Ground retired with three wins from nine starts and earnings of $98,280.
Holy Ground, who is from the same Hail to Reason sire line as Barbaro, is out of the grade II stakes-placed Carson City mare La Ville Rouge. She is a full sister to stakes-winning stakes producer Lucky Lavender Gal and a half-sister to graded stakes winner Green Alligator.