2024 Raging Bull - Coffee Pond Individual Foal

Active Individual Foal

Birth Year:
Farm Location:
St. Omer's Farm in Forest Hill, MD 
Cover Date:
April 22nd, 2023 
Foal's gender:

Why We Bought This Horse

UPDATE 4/5/24: Coffee Pond foaled a healthy colt, who has been nicknamed "Cracker Jack"

  • Coffee Pond was covered on April 22, 2023, by Raging Bull and checked in and confirmed in foal on May 7, 2022.   Our anticipation is that this foal will be Maryland-bred.
  • This is a 2023 Individual Foal Offering and is subject to the WVS Individual Foal Program Addendum to the Wasabi Ventures Stables Thoroughbred Management Agreement.   
  •   Highlights of the program:
    • Fixed Price on the Offering - No Ongoing Bills
    • Limited Exposure - Like WVS Racing Programs, there is no chance for Future Expenses. If the Foal offering loses money, WVS absorbs those costs
    • Finite Time - The Foal Offering will be liquidated sometime in its yearling year, so you know when an offering ends.  Because you are not buying the mare, you have a finite time period of commitment (e.g. 6 to 18 months)
    • Reduced Risk - WVS will only open a Foal Offering once a mare has checked in foal to the chosen stallion
    • Perpetual Breeders Bonuses - Even after the foal is sold, a Club member can continue to earn breeding bonuses for the racing life of the horse.
    • You can watch a video about this program by visiting here. 

The BASE PRICE of this foal is $27,600

  • Mare Lease $2,000
  • Stallion Fee - $5,000
  • Vanning Expense - $2,000
  • Boarding and Sales Fee Estimate - $16,000
  • Vet Estimate - $2,000
  • Registration Fees (Jockey Club and State Fees) - $600

When we sent Coffee Pond to Raging Bull last year, we hoped for a foal that would inherit some of the leg, length and balance from the stallion.  With Coffee Pond having delivered a colt this spring that was everything we could have asked for, and given that Raging Bull remains one of the most exciting young turf-centric stallions in the country, Coffee Pond will head right back to Gainesway for a repeat pairing in 2023.

The pedigree logic behind this breeding remains in full force, as well, and we need only tweak last year’s write-up to account for some more recent developments.Described by Chad Brown as “the best-looking horse I have ever trained”, Raging Bull is a son of leading Irish stallion Dark Angel,  renowned as a speed and precocity influence, out of a mare by the very fast American sprinter Mr. Greeley — though Raging Bull himself was a multiple G1 winner from a mile to 9 furlongs in the USA and showed his speed more as a blistering turn of foot than by rocketing from the gate.  Coffee Pond, meanwhile, though from a classic family that has accounted — further back — for the likes of Generous, Imagine, Horatio Nelson and Van Gogh, is out of a half-sister to the multiple G1-winning sprinter/miler Moonlight Cloud, and sired by Havana Gold, whose own top runner has been the Euro G1 sprinter Havana Grey.  So this is a matchup that should reinforce turf sprinter/miler tendencies with a chance to produce a foal that might also stretch out a bit on American grass.

Last year, TrueNicks rated the cross of Raging Bull’s sire-line with Galileo-line mares like Coffee Pond a “D” with the 3 stakes winners bred on the cross having included 2021 2YO G1 winner Angel Bleu and 2021 2YO G2 winner Malavath, as well as the 2021 G1P 2YO Cachet and 2021 G3P 2YO Juncture.  Cachet went on to score in last year’s classic G1 One Thousand Guineas, while Juncture added a pair of listed stakes wins and two more G3 placings to her ledger.  So even though TrueNicks now restricts their analysis to Dark Angel/Galileo and still gives it a “D” (Malavath and Cachet no longer feature), we remain convinced that the nick rating will look better in the near future than it does today — and indeed, 3YO Marshman scored in the G3 Prix Sigy just earlier today to count towards this nick rating.

As mentioned last spring, Coffee Pond’s family has already had success with this sire-line, too, having produced the likes of G3 winner Talwar (by Raging Bull’s grandsire Acclamation), stakes winner Bruges (by Marju, who descends from Try My Best as does Raging Bull), and stakes winner Osumi Tycoon (by Marju’s sire Last Tycoon).

Physically, we will again be hoping that Raging Bull’s leg and length, which he has more of than many European-breds (including the compact Coffee Pond herself), will stretch out their foal at the same time that he imparts plenty of speed and class!

2024 Raging Bull - Coffee Pond Individual Foal

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