Imperial Hint

  • 2017 Smile Sprint Handicap
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Imperial Hint

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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be the first moment on one of racing’s grandest stages for Imperial Hint and his connections after an earlier opportunity was sidetracked. After winning the General George Stakes at Laurel Park in Maryland in February, Imperial Hint was scheduled to make his next start in the Dubai Golden Shaheen a month later. Weather conditions resulted in a late change in his travel schedule, but he still made his way to the United Arab Emirates. However, he developed a fever and was withdrawn from the race, a situation trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. viewed as positive in hindsight.

“It was very disappointing not being able to compete over there but at the same time, it was a good experience,” he said shortly after Imperial Hint won the Smile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park on July 1. “It might have helped him out in the end to give him time to refresh.”

In his career debut, Imperial Hint revealed that he is an overachiever with a longshot front-running victory at Tampa Bay Downs February 19, 2016. In his next start as the odds-on favorite, he became a stakes winner.

Carvajal said Imperial Hint thrives on a training schedule with minimal timed workouts. When asked for speed in the morning, he is more than willing to deliver. Imperial Hint is owned by Raymond Mamone who has raced a long line of the horse’s family members.

“Mr. Mamone lost his wife a few years ago, and it was very tough on him because they would go to the races together and then go out to dinner,” Carvajal, a native of Chile, told Daily Racing Form in a February 22 article. “After this horse won his first two starts, we were getting a lot of offers to buy him, and he told me that he had had a dream where his wife was talking to him, and she said for him to live his dream, to do what made him happy, and that is part of the reason why he kept this horse.”

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  • 2017 Smile Sprint Handicap

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