Raging Bull may benefit from the course layout in Woodbine Mile

Woodbine Communications
September 10, 2019 03:23pm

The movie “Raging Bull,” screened in 1980, was the story of boxer Jake LaMotta, portrayed by Robert De Niro in an Academy Award-winning performance.

The horse Raging Bull, figures to have a serious fight on his hands when he attempts to turn the tables on the filly, Got Stormy, in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile.

Raging Bull was cutting back to a flat mile with trainer Chad Brown hoping that a good pace would enhance his chances in the Grade 1 Fourstardave at Saratoga last month. The pace wound up to scorching, but was not particularly of a helpful nature as Gidu sped off to a double-digit lead. That one couldn’t come close to lasting the distance, but it left his opponents with a difficult choice as to when to go for the knockout punch.

Got Stormy pulled the trigger earlier than Raging Bull, who was still trailing the field of 10 with a quarter-mile to run and was unable to seriously threaten the winner. He did show tenacity, however, in closing for second money in a late battle with his favored female stablemate Uni and March to the Arch.

“He ran a good race,” said Brown, who is at the Keeneland yearling sales this week with Raging Bull’s owner, Peter Brant.

Raging Bull, unraced at 2, came out as a sophomore, winning his first two starts prior to ending second when making his stakes debut in Belmont’s Manila. The 4-year-old Dark Angel colt subsequently has won three stakes, headlined by Del Mar’s Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at 1 1/8 miles on the grass last December 1.

In his first try at the mile distance this season, which came in his 2019 debut, Raging Bull finished a close fourth in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Makers Mark Mile in his usual honest effort. Will he appreciate the sweeping turn and long stretch run on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course?

“I think so — that’s my hope, anyway,” said Brown. “He’s doing really well.”

2019 Woodbine Mile (G1)


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