(Imperial Hint after winning the G1 Vosburgh on Saturday / Photo by Joe Labozzetta & Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint, sent to post at the 1-5 mutuel favorite, won a dramatic stretch battle with Firenze Fire to capture Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park.
The win also earned Imperial Hint, trained by Luis Carvajal, Jr., an all-expenses paid berth to the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. — Imperial Hint (1st):
“We’ll go back to Monmouth Park and evaluate the horse and make sure he’s good,” said Carvajal, Jr. “We’ll resume training and hopefully we’ll see him at Santa Anita and leave in the middle of October or something like that. You don’t have to do much now after this race. This will be enough.”
Jockey Javier Castellano — Imperial Hint (1st):
“It was unbelievable,” said Castellano. “You never know in this game, nothing is for sure. You have to ride your race, and this is a great horse. I loved the way he did it. He fought all the way to the end. He didn’t want to get beat. I give all credit to the horse and trainer, he did a great job. Now we have the Breeders’ Cup and I’m looking forward to it.”
Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. — Firenze Fire (2nd):
“There was no speed in the race except the horse to beat, so I had to go for it,” said Ortiz, Jr. “I took my horse out of his place too early. You don’t want to do that, but I had to do it. I thought it was a little early to try and jump on him. It worked out good turning for home and at the three-sixteenths pole, but it didn’t work out in the end. He [Imperial Hint] put his head in front.”