R Raging Bull (FR) Dark Angel (IRE) - Rosa Bonheur,
by Mr. Greeley, 2015 bay
2022 Fee $10,000 LFSN Submit Mare

Talented. Tough. Top Class.

Raging Bull (FR) is as tough as they come – he won or placed in 12 graded stakes, including victories in three Grade 1 events. An earner of over $1.7 million, this hard-knocking colt won or placed in 9 of his 15 Grade 1 starts. He was consistently fast at the highest levels over multiple racing seasons scoring seven 100+ Beyers. He is a son of Dark Angel (IRE), a perennial leading European sire of sprinters and milers.

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Millionaire – earnings of $1.7 Million +

Grade 1 winner at 3, 4, & 5; Won the Hollywood Derby (G1), Maker’s Mark Mile (G1), Shoemaker Mile (G1), NMRHOF Stakes (G2), Saranac S. (G3)

Ran seven 100+ Beyers, incl. a 105 Beyer in his Shoemaker (G1) victory in 1:32.73, and a 106 Beyer taking the Maker’s Mark (G1) at Keeneland in 1:33.86.

22 starts (7 wins, 68% ITM for lifetime starts); 19 consecutive graded stakes starts, winning or placing in 9 of 15 Grade 1 starts

Sire Dark Angel (IRE) has been a perennial leading European sire of Sprinters/Milers.

“Raging Bull (FR) is a knockout physically,” said Gainesway General Manager Brian Graves.  “His seven triple digit Beyer speed figures and his performances over 15 Grade 1 events are impressive. His sire, Dark Angel (IRE), has become one of the most influential sires in International racing.”

Sales Results:

First covered mares will be offered in 2022.

Lifetime:

First year runners debut in 2025.

Race Results

AgeStarts1st2nd3rdEarnings
37 (5)5 (3)1 (1)0$584,500
45 (5)01 (1)2 (2)$336,250
55 (5)1 (1)1 (1)1 (1)$396,000
65 (5)1 (1)1 (1)1 (1)$413,294
Total:22744$1,730,044
Won at 3

Hollywood Derby (G1) at Del Mar, 9F T by 1/2 L, 97 Beyer; defeating River Boyne (IRE), Instilled Regard, Prince Earl, etc.

NMRHOF Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, 8.5F T by a nose, 92 Beyer; defeating Maraud, Ride a Comet, Gidu (IRE), etc.

Saranac S. (G3) at Saratoga, 9F T by 1 1/4 L, 95 Beyer; defeating Up the Ante, March to the Arch, Hot Springs, etc.

AOC at Belmont, 8F T by 3/4 L; defeating Morrison, Penalty, Themanbehindtheman, etc.

MSW at Keeneland, 8F T by 2 L; defeating First Spring, Non Regrette, Get Western, etc.

Won at 5

Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita, 8F T by 2 1/4 L, 1:32.73, 105 Beyer; defeating Next Shares, Without Parole (GB), River Boyne (IRE), etc.

Won at 6

Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) at Keeneland, 8F T by 2 L, 1:33.86, 106 Beyer; defeating Ride a Comet, Sacred Life (FR), Field Pass, etc.

 

Pedigree Tree for Raging Bull (FR)

Raging Bull (FR)
2015 Bay

Dark Angel (IRE)

Rosa Bonheur

Acclamation (GB)

Midnight Angel (GB)

Mr. Greeley

Rolly Polly (IRE)

Royal Applause (GB)

Princess Athena (IRE)

Machiavellian

Night at Sea (GB)

Gone West

Long Legend

Mukaddamah

Rare Sound

Pedigree Analysis for Raging Bull (FR)

 

A three-time grade one-winning miler with earning of over $1,600,000, Raging Bull (FR) is by Dark Angel (IRE), a Northern Dancer-line stallion acknowledged as Europe’s leading sire of sprinters and milers.

The cross of Dark Angel (IRE) with mares from the Danzig line has proved to be a prolific one. In Europe this has principally been through mars from the Green Desert and Danehill branches, Danehill looking a particularly good fit here. In North America, this would suggest trying mares by such as War Front and sons, Hard Spun, Exchange Rate, Belong to Me and Langfuhr.

Dark Angel’s grandsire, Royal Applause, is a product of the Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross that also produced Storm Cat. The cross of Dark Angel (IRE) with a Storm Cat line mare by a son of Giant’s Causeway is a group one producing one, and could be tried through Giant’s Causeway and sons such as Not This Time, Carpe Diem, Eskendereya, First Samurai and Creative Cause. Giant’s Causeway is a brother to Freud and bred on the same cross as After Market. Other branches of Storm Cat, such as Tale of the Cat, Forestry, Stormy Atlantic, Forest Wildcat and Bernstein are also worth considering, and Van Nistelrooy is potential interesting. 

Another branch of Northern Dancer that has found success under Dark Angel is that of Sadler’s Wells. This includes through Galileo, who might be found in North America through Cape Blanco, Treasure Beach (GB) and Magician (IRE). This cross could also be tried through El Prado (IRE), the sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. Sadler’s Wells is three-quarters brother to Nureyev, and Dark Angel (IRE) has a group winner out of a mare by Fasliyev, a Nureyev son who stood in North America. Other possible branches including Theatrical (IRE), Spinning World and Atticus.

Raging Bull (FR) is out of a mare by Mr. Prospector line sire, Mr. Greeley (by Gone West). It would actually be interesting to cross him back over other Gone West line horses, particularly through Elusive Quality (sire of Quality Road and Smarty Jones), and also through Proud Citizen, Speightstown (sire of Munnings) and Grand Slam. The cross with the Kingmambo branch of Mr. Prospector has done well (as has the cross with Kingmambo’s brother, Miesque’s Son). Kingmambo is also sire of Lemon Drop Kid. Dark Angel has a group winner out of a mare by Dubawi (IRE) from the Seeking the Gold branch of Mr. Prospector, which should be particularly good here, and can be found through Petionville, Mutakddim and Cape Town.

Dark Angel is out of a mare by Machiavellian, and he as a grade one winner when crossed back over that line. In North America this can be found through Street Cry (IRE), who can be introduced through Street Sense (from the same male and female line as Raging Bull’s broodmare sire, Mr. Greeley) and Street Boss. Machiavellian combines Mr. Prospector and Halo, and they are also found together in Fusaichi Pegasus (sire of Roman Ruler), the broodmare sire of a group winner by Dark Angel’s sire, Acclamation (GB). Fusaichi Pegasus has a very similar pedigree to Distorted Humor, the sire of Sharp Humor, Flower Alley, Any Given Saturday, Jimmy Creed and Maclean’s Music.

There is a group winner by Dark Angel (IRE) out of a mare by More Than Ready (sire of Ready’s Image, Verrazano and Daredevil) and Dark Angel (IRE) has a group winner out of a mare by Rahy, by Blushing Groom (FR), and from the same broodmare sire line, another son of Acclamation (GB) has a group one winner out of a mare by Invasor (ARG).

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AgeStarts1st2nd3rdEarnings
37 (5)5 (3)1 (1)0$584,500
45 (5)01 (1)2 (2)$336,250
55 (5)1 (1)1 (1)1 (1)$396,000
65 (5)1 (1)1 (1)1 (1)$413,294
Total:22744$1,730,044
Won at 3

Hollywood Derby (G1) at Del Mar, 9F T by 1/2 L, 97 Beyer; defeating River Boyne (IRE), Instilled Regard, Prince Earl, etc.

NMRHOF Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, 8.5F T by a nose, 92 Beyer; defeating Maraud, Ride a Comet, Gidu (IRE), etc.

Saranac S. (G3) at Saratoga, 9F T by 1 1/4 L, 95 Beyer; defeating Up the Ante, March to the Arch, Hot Springs, etc.

AOC at Belmont, 8F T by 3/4 L; defeating Morrison, Penalty, Themanbehindtheman, etc.

MSW at Keeneland, 8F T by 2 L; defeating First Spring, Non Regrette, Get Western, etc.

Won at 5

Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita, 8F T by 2 1/4 L, 1:32.73, 105 Beyer; defeating Next Shares, Without Parole (GB), River Boyne (IRE), etc.

Won at 6

Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) at Keeneland, 8F T by 2 L, 1:33.86, 106 Beyer; defeating Ride a Comet, Sacred Life (FR), Field Pass, etc.

 

There is no progeny information for Raging Bull (FR) at this time.

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