Friday, 15 April 2016 13:30

Imperialism - Number One in Canada

Written by Julie Brewster
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There are 172 stallions listed in the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society National Stallion Directory for 2016, and right now Alberta has the NUMBER ONE ranked stallion in Canada!

Imperialism (by Langfuhr out of Bodhavista by Pass the Tab) is a 15 year old grey stallion who stands at Esquirol Farms at Ryley, Alberta. Pierre Esquirol, owner of Esquirol Farms, is managing Imperialism for a private syndicate, and he stood his first year at the farm in 2015. Imperialism was standing at Get Away Farm in Florida and Pierre made the drive down to pick him up for his long journey to Alberta. When the horse’s veteran groom handed over the lead shank he had to brush away tears as he said good bye to his “Impy”. That’s when Pierre knew he was taking over the care of an exceptional horse.

Imperialism has a royal pedigree – his sire Langfuhr was Champion Sprinter in Canada and was a top sire in Canada from 2002-2005, and sired Horse of the Year and Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando and Champion Mobil, among 85 other stakes winners, 9 millionaires and 5 other Champions. 

Imperialism lived up to his pedigree, and his name, and was a top contender on the road to the Kentucky Derby in 2004, with wins in the G2 San Vicente Stakes and the G2 San Rafael Stakes and a second place finish in the G1 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita before he shipped east and finished third in the G1 Kentucky Derby. Imperialism raced until he was 5, and retired with $899,722 in earnings, which is impressive for any racehorse and very impressive for a stallion that comes to our province!

Imperialism has had 42 runners and 14 winners so far in 2016, and stands on top of the leaderboard for sires in Canada (updated on April 14 with data compiled by equineline.com and published by The Blood-Horse ) with $305,291 in earnings. Since his first year at stud he has sired 196 foals who have made over $4,441,000!

Pierre, who has spent more than half his lifetime raising foals and standing stallions, says that he loves working with “Impy”. Not only does he have impeccable bloodlines and great conformation, Pierre also describes him as having a lovely disposition. “Imperialism is absolutely awesome. He’s one of the kindest, most gentle and totally professional horses I’ve ever worked with. He’s a good, solid, dependable ‘big farm boy’ kind of horse.”  When word got out that Impy had moved north, Pierre received a telephone call from a complete stranger who introduced himself as the owner of Imperialism as a 2 year old. He was calling to check in with Pierre and find out how the horse had made the transition to Alberta, which shows the depths of loyalty that people have to the big grey horse who showed so much heart on the racetrack.

Pierre is very impressed with the first foals that he has by Imperialism. He describes them as incredibly correct conformationally, with solid, compact frames. He’s had a lot of mares have a lot of foals over the years, and he has a filly foal by Impy who he says “is one of the best looking fillies I’ve ever raised”.

Imperialism was a hard runner, and his progeny are also showing some of his grit and determination. Several of his offspring are winning as 4, 5 and 6 year olds which shows that he passes on his soundness and longevity. His offspring are also precocious, and of 196 2 year olds he has 34% who are winners. Imperialism’s leading runner in 2016 is a three year old colt who won the $75,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on April 9. If his current success is any measure, we’ll definitely be seeing Impy’s babies in the winner’s circle in Alberta in a couple of years!

Congratulations from all of us to Imperialism, his fast running progeny, and to Esquirol Farms for being number one in Canada! For more information about Imperialism : http://www.esquirolfarms.ca/stallions/imperialism

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