Raymond Mamone, who bought his first racehorse in 1976 and then waited 42 years for his first graded stakes winner, passed away from COVID-19 complications May 3 in his hometown of Somerville, N.J. He was 88.
Mamone, who had been hospitalized with the virus in recent days, owned a small stable for decades and then in 2016 it came to include eventual multiple grade 1 winner Imperial Hint. Trained by Luis Carvajal Jr., Imperial Hint earned the nickname “Little Rocket” because he was small in stature and blessed with enormous heart and blazing speed.
Imperial Hint (by Imperialism) delivered the first graded stakes scores to both his owner and his trainer when he took the General George Stakes (G3) and the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3) in 2017 before finishing second by one length in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) that same year. He would go on to win the True North Stakes (G2), the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1), and the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) in 2018 and repeat in the Vanderbilt in 2019. He earned more than $2.2 million in his 25-race career with a 14-2-4 record.
Clear Creek Stud is proud to announce their new stallion for 2021 in Imperial Hint (Imperialism-Royal Hint)
The son of Grade II winner Imperialism, Imperial Hint earned in excess of $2,200,000 while winning eleven Graded Stakes including four Grade I Stakes.
He twice won both the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (GI) at Saratoga Race Course and the Vosburgh (GI) at Belmont Park. In the 2019 edition of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt he set a New Track Record running six furlongs in 1:07.92, getting the half mile in 44.21, while beating Eclipse Award Winning Male Sprinter, Mitole.
Also in his list of accomplishments is the True North Stakes (GII) and the Smile Sprint Stakes (GIII). In the Donald LeVine Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing he ran six furlongs in 1:07.55 with the half mile clocked in 43.81.
Imperial Hint recorded triple digit Beyer figures eleven times in his career with a high of 114.
Imperial Hint will be syndicated with shares available that will grant shareholders seven breedings in his first four years at stud plus bonus seasons after that. Shareholders participate in both stallion awards and stud fees from excess seasons sold.
Imperial Hint will stand the 2021 breeding season at Clear Creek Stud for a fee of $2,500 payable September 1st. To book a mare or receive information on buying a share contact Clear Creek Stud at 985-796-5563 or go to their web page at www.clearcreekstud.com.