While some excitement attended Fernandez' difficulties in the courts, more attention followed his Texas steers. In an effort to recoup some of his losses, the promoter sold the animals to an East Side butcher. While being loaded onto a large cattle truck that was to take them to a 45th Street abattoir, however, three steers managed to escape. After wallowing in goose ponds at Seventh and 117th, they wandered into Central Park and splashed about in the lake. Their next stop was the 23rd Precinct, which they visited just long enough to precipitate a Keystone Cops chase across town. Two of the three steers were driven into enclosures at 84th and 89th streets early the next morning, but they broke away again, one having destroyed about 300 feet of fencing that it tossed about in sport. Both animals eventually were shot and trucked off to become sirloins. History does not record the fate of the third escaped steer, but Fernandez quietly went bankrupt.
Four years later, at an Independence Day fair, a bullfight held in Dodge City, Kans. was hailed by the local newspapers as the first such entertainment ever seen in the entire United States. Given the quality of Angel Fernandez' exhibitions, they probably were right.