Fan Favorite Imperative Retires to NTWO in Lexington
The National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO) announced on Twitter Tuesday night that 9-year-old gelding and fan favorite, Imperative, had arrived at his new home at the NTWO farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
Originally announced to retire to Old Friends after his start in The Whitney at Saratoga on August 17, Imperative’s owner, Ron Paolucci of Loooch Racing, then said he wished to run his horse in at least one more race. Mr. Paolucci stated August 19 that he planned to enter Imperative in the Presque Isle Mile on September 9 in Pennsylvania pending a veterinarian examination. Then Mr. Paolucci announced on Twitter August 24 that Imperative had passed the vet exam but he had had a change of heart and would retire Imperative to the NTWO farm as their ambassador.
Imperative had 50 starts with 30 of those starts in graded stakes. At the peak of his racing career his speed figure was consistently in the low 100s. Imperative won the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic twice in 2015 and 2017 with a second place in 2016. He also hit the board with seconds in the San Antonio Stakes (G2) in 2015 and 2016 with a speed figure of 120, San Pasqual Stakes (G2), Native Diver Stakes (G3), and thirds in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) and the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) with five fourth place finishes in graded stakes.
Imperative’s last start in the Whitney at Saratoga may not have had the desired results but it did have the desired outcome. The gelding came out of the race healthy and sound, and will now retire to a new career. Happy trails, Imperative!
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