First Foals Arrive by Imperial Hint

Clear Creek Stud announces arrival of two foals by the son of Imperialism.


An Imperial Hint colt out of the Artie Schiller mare Silent Brigade, bred by Kevin Atwood's Colonel Thoroughbreds
An Imperial Hint colt out of the Artie Schiller mare Silent Brigade, bred by Kevin Atwood’s Colonel ThoroughbredsCourtesy Clear Creek Stud


2022 filly; Imperial Hint - Brushfirefairytale<br> bred by Tommy Hewett’s Coulee Croche Thoroughbreds and Tracie Crochet
Photo: Courtesy Clear Creek Stud

An Imperial Hint filly out of Brushfirefairytale, bred by Tommy Hewett’s Coulee Croche Thoroughbreds and Tracie Crochet


The first reported foals by multiple grade 1 winner Imperial Hint   have arrived, according to Clear Creek Stud.

Kevin Atwood’s Colonel Thoroughbreds bred a bay colt, which is the third foal out of the Artie Schiller  mare Silent Brigade, whose first foal just turned 2.

Tommy Hewett’s Coulee Croche Thoroughbreds and Tracie Crochet bred a gray filly (that appears black) out of the Najran mare Brushfirefairytale , a winner of $118,632 and the dam of Jolie Gris, who scored on debut in September.

Bred in Florida by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds out of the Lahint  mare Royal Hint and campaigned by Raymond Mamone, Imperial Hint is a four-time grade 1 winner of in excess of $2.2 million. Nicknamed “The Little Rocket,” the son of Imperialism  took the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga Race Course and the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in 2018 and defended his title in both races in 2019 for trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. In the 2019 edition of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt, he set a track record for six furlongs in 1:07.92. He retired from racing with a 14-2-4 record from 25 starts.


Imperial Hint was bred to both Thoroughbred mares and Quarter Horse mares in 2021. He stands at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La. as the property of a syndicate for an advertised fee of $3,000 live foal.


OURS TO RUN/Photo Credit: Coady Photography
OURS TO RUN/Photo Credit: Coady Photography

Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC.’s Ours to Run extended her win streak to five with a dominating performance in Saturday’s $150,000 Carousel Stakes before a crowd of 16,000 in attendance for the annual Boat & Truck Giveaway. It was the fifth straight stakes victory for the Louisiana-bred daughter of Half Ours and first against open company.

“She’s done really well,” trainer Larry Jones said. “There wasn’t anything else to do with her in Louisiana right at this moment. We had a little space and she was doing good. It was maybe the time to try it. They were predicting rain. She loves the off track, so that was not against us at all when this happened. I can’t say that we maybe won’t keep her with some open company because now Louisiana is penalizing her so much. She’s packing so much more weight than the other horses. Her last win, she was 9 pounds heavier than anybody. There comes a time when you’ve got to start taking that into consideration. She handled this so well, so we may go to the drawing board and try to see what else we can come up with.”

In the Carousel, Ours to Run patiently raced behind the early speed in fourth as Salt Brae led for a quarter mile in :21 4/5. Shanghai Tariff took over before a half mile in :45, but that was short lived as she was quickly headed by heavy favorite Mia Mischief and the eventual winner at the top of the stretch. As soon as jockey Terry Thompson asked, Ours to Run responded by drawing away from her competition and winning easily by 3 ¾ lengths in 1:10 4/5 for six furlongs over a sloppy track. Mia Mischief held second with Shanghai Tariff third.

“It was a short field with lots of speed on the inside,” Thompson said. “I had the perfect post position to see how the race set up. It worked out just like Larry and I thought. She engaged them at the top of the stretch and gave me all that she had. She dominated at the end.”

Ours to Run improved her record to 11-2-1 from 19 starts and has now earned $427,988. The 5-year-old mare returned $8.80, $3 and $2.20 as the 3-1 second choice in the field of five. Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Amy’s Challenge scratched from the race in favor of the Grade 1 Madison Stakes where she finished a narrow second.

The other big winner Saturday was Julie Erkel from Brentwood, TN, who won a new 2018 Ford F150 Supercab 4X2 courtesy of Crain Automotive Team and a 20ft Sylvan Mirage 820 CC Pontoon courtesy of Gregg Orr Marine. Erkel was one of 16 finalists selected by the winning jockey after each of the first eight races. Winning jockey Terry Thompson drew her name after winning the Carousel.