‘Little Rocket’ Imperial Hint Sharp In Final Work For Saturday’s Mr. Prospector

by | 12.15.2019 | 3:12pm
Breeders' Cup Sprint entrant Imperial Hint, trained by Luis Carvajal Jr., exercises in preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on October 29, 2019. John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup/CSM

Raymond Mamone's Imperial Hint continues to please trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. with his preparation for a return to action in Saturday's $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

The 6-year-old son of Imperialism breezed five furlongs in 59 seconds Sunday morning at Tampa Bay Downs under assistant trainer Alejandro Contreras.

“I don't think I've ever seen a bad or so-so work. Usually, he puts effort in the work, even though he's settling and doing everything himself,” Carvajal said. “That was a good work this morning.”

Sunday morning's move was the third bullet workout in a row since the 'Little Rocket' was scratched on the morning of his scheduled run in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2.

“He's been very sound. He had a small issue with his foot, but it's not a concern,” Carvajal said. “It was a mild thing.”

Imperial Hint will seek his third straight graded-stakes win in the Mr. Prospector, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up. The Carvajal trainee, who captured the 2017 Smile Sprint (G3) in his only start at Gulfstream, captured the Sept. 28 Vosburgh (G1) at Belmont Park after shattering a Saratoga track record in the July 27 Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1), in which he ran six furlongs in 1:07.92.

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