Raging Bull Topples Very Game River Boyne In Hollywood Derby

Peter Brant’s talented sophomore colt Raging Bull, sent to post as the 9-5 favorite, had to go five-wide around the far turn but got the job done in Saturday’s Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar; he defeated a determined River Boyne by a half-length on the wire. The French-bred son of Dark Angel trained by Chad Brown covered nine furlongs over the firm turf course in 1:48.34, giving jockey Joel Rosario his third win on the card.

“I thought I was on the best horse, so I rode him that way,” Rosario said. “With him, he has a powerful quarter mile kick at the end. Terrific acceleration. So I just needed to keep him outside; keep him in the clear where I could ride him at the finish. It worked out just the way I’d hoped.”

Raging Bull raced well off the early pace of Have At It, who led by a length through fractions of :23.70, :48.20 and 1:12.48. Instilled Regard and Pubilius Syrus kept close company with the leader through the backstretch, and Carrick made a bold mid-race move to join Have At It approaching the far turn.

Flavien Prat had River Boyne sitting a perfect trip just behind the frontrunners, and the small-framed colt snagged the lead as the field straightened into the stretch run. Rosario had Raging Bull fully extended while five-wide around the bend, and it was down to those two in the final eighth of a mile.

Raging Bull and jockey Joel Rosario, left, outleg River Boyne (Flavien Prat), right, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

For a moment it looked like River Boyne might be able to hold off his much larger rival, but Raging Bull edged past him in the final 50 yards to win by a half-length on the wire. River Boyne was not disgraced in second, while Instilled Regard battled back on the inside of Prince Earl to secure the show photo.

Bred in France by Dayton Investments, Raging Bull was a $100,935 yearling at the Goffs Orby sale. He is out of the unraced Mr. Greeley mare Rosa Bonheur, and his granddam is multiple graded and group stakes winner Rolly Polly (Mukaddamah). Raging Bull broke his maiden at first asking in April of his sophomore season, going on to win an allowance race in his second start. The colt then finished second in a listed stakes before winning a pair of graded efforts at Saratoga. Faced with soft ground in his most recent start, Raging Bull ran fifth in the G2 Hill Prince, but he rebounded impressively in the Hollywood Derby on firm turf. Overall, Raging Bull has won five of his seven starts for earnings of over $580,000.

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