San Rafael S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8f ,)

IMPERIALISM (GR/RO h, 118 lb) $120,000
Langfuhr —Bodhavista , by Pass the Tab
B—Farnswoth Farms, KY.; O—Steve Taub; T—Kristin Mulhall

Lion Heart (CH h, 121 lb) $40,000
Tale of the Cat —Satin Sunrise , by Mr. Leader
B—Sabine Stable, KY.; O—Tabor, Michael B. and Smith, Derrick; T—Patrick L. Biancone

Consecrate (GR/RO g, 115 lb) $24,000
Silver Charm —How So Oiseau , by Saratoga Six
B—Ironwater Farms Joint Venture, KY.; O—James McIngvale; T—Bob Baffert

Margins: neck, 4½, 1. Others: Quintons Gold Rush 116($12,000) , Hosco 118($4,000) , Castledale (IRE) 118 , Wimplestiltskin 115 , Lucky Pulpit 115 , Spellbinder 116 , Hasslefree 116 . Winning Jockey, Victor Espinoza.

With his victory in the grade II San Rafael Stakes, Imperialism is now two-for-two for Californian Steve Taub. Taub, who owns a car dealership in Santa Monica, purchased Imperialism privately from Richard Torrone after the colt’s fifth-place finish in the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) in January.

Imperialism is Taub’s second stakes winner this year. He also is a member of the partnership that owns Puerto Banus, winner of the Feb. 16 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT). Puerto Banus is a half-brother to Spain. He and Imperialism are both trained by Kristin Mulhall.

Michael Sherman of Farnsworth Farms bought Bodhavista, the dam of Imperialism, for $4,500 in 1993 at the Keeneland November mixed sale. Brad Murray Thoroughbreds and Parrish Hill Farm offered the mare on behalf of her breeder and owner, Fortune Marital Trust.

Sherman enhanced the mare’s value almost immediately as her first foal, White Beauty (by Farnsworth stallion Robyn Dancer), won stakes at ages three, four, and five. Shortly before the San Rafael, Sherman sold Bodhavista privately to ClassicStar, an operation headed by David Plummer. Bodhavista was shipped to her new home near Versailles, Ky., the day before Imperialism’s latest win. She is due to produce the Robyn Dancer foal she is carrying in April.

Farnsworth still owns two foals from Bodhavista, Lovely Beauty, a full sister to White Beauty, and Vigorous Guy, a 2-year-old son of Vicar. Vigorous Guy is currently at Farnsworth and he will go into training for the operation. The mare’s 2000 foal, Formal Beauty, was purchased privately by Richard Torrone, who owned and sold Imperialism to Taub. Formal Beauty is booked to Double Honor.

Langfuhr is the sire of Imperialism and 13 other stakes winners, including Stay Seated, winner of the Feb. 6 Gainsborough 3-year-old Stakes at Tamworth in Australia. Langfuhr, who previously stood at Vinery Kentucky and Vinery Australia, is standing the 2004 season at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for $25,000.—K.I.G.