Loblolly Stable's Rowdy Angel, dam of classic winner Pine Bluff, grade I winner Demons Begone, and granddam of 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, died March 22 of natural causes at Dr. and Mrs. A. Gary Lavin's Longfield Farm near Goshen, Ky. The 25-year-old daughter of Halo had been pensioned since the late 1990s.
Rowdy Angel, a non-winner on the racetrack for Loblolly, got out to a quick start as a broodmare. Her first foal, Demons Begone (by Elocutionist), won four stakes, including the 1987 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) in the Loblolly silks. The 2-1 favorite in that year's Kentucky Derby, Demons Begone suffered a severe case of pulmonary hemorrhage during the running and had to be pulled up. He raced again and went on to sire 15 stakes winners.
Pine Bluff scored his big win in the 1992 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as a Loblolly homebred and also ran third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Retired with earnings of $2.2 million, the son of Danzig stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. and has sired 24 stakes winners.
A year after foaling Pine Bluff, Rowdy Angel delivered the classic winner's full sister, Angel Fever. Loblolly, owned by John Ed Anthony and former wife Mary Lynn Dudley, sold Angel Fever, and for her new owners, Arthur B. Hancock III and Robert and Janice McNair, produced Fusaichi Pegasus. The $4-million sale topper at the 1998 Keeneland July yearling sale, Fusaichi Pegasus won the Run for the Roses for owner Fusao Sekiguchi. His first foals are 2-year-olds.
Loblolly bought Rowdy Angel for $85,000 at the 1980 Saratoga yearling sale. Bred by Black Gates Nursery Trust, she was consigned by Derry Meeting Farm, agent for Mrs. Bernard J. Daney.
Rowdy Angel, who was produced from the Rambunctious mare Ramhyde, produced eight named foals, seven of which won.