Imperial Hint's Trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. Disbands Stable, Takes Racing Office Position - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Imperial Hint’s Trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. Disbands Stable, Takes Racing Office Position

Trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. is all smiles at Monmouth Park Racetrack after his star Imperial Hint’s track record performance in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga Racecourse. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. has disbanded his racing stable and taken a position in the Gulfstream Park racing office, reports the Daily Racing Form.

“It was getting difficult to get clients,” Carvajal told DRF. “I had a slow summer at Monmouth Park and came to Tampa with about 15 horses. The stress and the bills and everything else was really mounting.”

Carvajal began training in the United States in 2006, and won a total of 192 races for earnings of $7,105,430.

The 50-year-old native of Chile is best known as the trainer of Imperial Hint, the “Little Rocket.” The small-of-stature horse had an enormous heart and incredible speed, setting a track record for six furlongs at Saratoga when he won the G1 Vanderbilt in 2019 in a final time of 1:07.92.

Imperial Hint would have been a fourth generation homebred for owner Raymond Mamone, but that he gave the colt's dam, Royal Hint, to the facility that houses his breeding stock, Shade Tree Thoroughbreds, when she failed to produce much in her first several years. He later saw Imperial Hint as a 2-year-old at the farm, and paid $17,500 for the eye-catching youngster.

Imperial Hint would go on to compete on the international stage and in two editions of the Breeders' Cup, retiring with a record of 14 wins from 25 starts and earnings of $2.2 million. Mamone sold him privately to stand at stud in Louisiana, and the owner passed away in 2021.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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