Raymond Mamone's multiple Grade I winner Imperial Hint (Imperialism–Royal Hint, by Lahint) has been retired from racing, Daily Racing Form reported Sunday. The diminutive speedster captured the 2018 and 2019 renewals of both the GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. and the GI Vosburgh S.
“He's retiring sound, but has a little bit of wear and tear,” trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. told DRF. “I think he might not be able to perform as well as last year and I don't want to run him if he's not going to be able to race at the same level.”
On the board in 20 of 25 starts, Imperial Hint won 14 times, including seven graded events, and earned $2,209,055. He was off the board in the Saudia Sprint Cup in Riyadh in is final trip to the post and shipped to Dubai only to have the World Cup card at Meydan cancelled.
Stud plans are being discussed for the 7-year-old.