Raymond Mamone's Grade 1 winner Imperial Hint is prominent among 21 horses nominated to the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Saturday, Dec. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
The 65th running of the seven-furlong Mr. Prospector for 3-year-olds and up will be the first race for Imperial Hint since the 6-year-old captured the six-furlong Vosburgh (G1) by a nose Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Imperial Hint is 14-for-23 lifetime with a $2,199,155 bankroll and four career Grade 1 wins, taking the Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga and Vosburgh in back-to-back starts in 2018 and 2019. Overall he owns seven graded-stakes victories, his first coming in the 2017 General George (G3) at Laurel Park. In his lone race at Gulfstream, he won the six-furlong Smile Sprint (G2) in 2017.
Also prominent among the nominees are Jorge Navarro trainees X Y Jet and Shancelot, though Navarro told drf.com that neither will be ready for the Mr. Prospector. The trainer could still be represented by Jalen Journey, the third-place finisher in the G1 Bing Crosby at Del Mar when trained by Peter Miller.
Among Mr. Prospector nominees are also 2019 Smile Sprint winner Diamond Oops; Art G Is Back, a multiple stakes winner at Gulfstream this summer; He Hate Me, third in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 21 at Laurel; 2018 H. Allen Jerkens (G1) runner-up Seven Trumpets; and 2018 Wood Memorial (G3) show finisher Restoring Hope.
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