Raging Bull can be a handful. So much of a handful that he tests the meet record-setting team at Chad Brown’s barn most mornings and so much that he needed to skip the half turn walk around the paddock to avoid being shook up by rowdy patrons before Saturday’s $300,000 Saranac Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

“He’s appropriately named; he is a bull and he is raging,” Brown said, walking the aisle to his box with a few minutes to post for the Grade 3 turf stakes for 3-year-olds.

Well behaved in the paddock, on the walk to the racetrack and in the post parade – where he took a spot at the end of the line of nine – Raging Bull proved a bigger handful to those foes in the first of four graded stakes the final Saturday of the 2018 Saratoga meet. The French-bred son of Dark Angel ran his record to 4-for-5 with a 1 ¼-length win under Joel Rosario – the first of three straight graded stakes for the jockey along with the Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 1 Woodward.

“He’s a hell of a horse,” said Brown, who trains Raging Bull for Peter Brant and established a record for wins at the Saratoga meet with his 41st, 42nd and 43rd victories Saturday. “He’s not bad. He’s a little high strung, but he’s a class act. He wants to get out there and run. He wants to play. He’s just a good feeling horse. We’re lucky to have him.”

Raging Bull, who won the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes on yielding ground Aug. 3, wound up in Brown’s barn after missing his 2-year-old season in Europe.

Eugenio Colombo picked Raging Bull out of the Wildenstein Stable’s dispersal at the 2016 Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland and purchased the colt on behalf of Brant for $100,935. Raging Bull went into training in France with Alain de Royer Dupre. He nearly made it to the races in France – he was entered to run late last August at Deauville – until an injury knocked him out.

“He was supposed to start at Deauville on August 22nd,” Colombo said. “The last work, after the work he had a chip. So we needed to remove the chip, which we removed on the 23rd of September. We gave him plenty of time, then Peter decided to bring the horse to Chad. He came here, got more time and now the horse is doing magnificent.”

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