HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Roy H

  • Jockey
    Kent J. Desormeaux
  • Trainer
    Peter Miller
  • Owner
    Rockingham Ranch and Bernsen David A.
  • Breeder
    Ramona S. Bass LLC.
  • Sire
    More Than Ready
  • Dam
    Elusive Diva

Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s Roy H took over in deep stretch from Imperial Hint and went on to a one-length victory in the 34th running of the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Del Mar racetrack capping a brilliant season of five wins in six starts. Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Roy H covered the six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:08.61. It was the second victory of the day for Rockingham and Miller, who took the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint with Stormy Liberal.

Roy H, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready, earned his second consecutive Grade 1 triumph, having won the Santa Anita Sprint Championship in his previous start on October 7.

“This is amazing,” said winning trainer Peter Miller. “Two Breeders’ Cup wins in one day. The race shaped up the way we thought it would. We saw a lot of speed in there and we figured he could sit third or fourth and make his big run. He did it just the way we drew it up.”

The victory was the sixth for Desormeaux in the Breeders’ Cup and second in the Sprint, a race he won in 1995 on Desert Stormer at Belmont Park. “He had to man-up the first 200 yards.,” said an elated Desormeaux about Roy H. “I had to jockey for position, fighting for a spot two times in 200 yards. After that, he had the catbird seat. He raced off my fingertips and gave me a lovely ride. Absolutely exploded turning for home. He was full of run. We were running from the quarter pole to the eighth pole. We took off. I mean we exploded and couldn’t catch the leader for at least 200 yards. Once Roy gained the ascendency, he steadily opened up. I looked at the Jumbotron and the next guys were five behind us, so I was safe with the win.”

Roy H. entered his 5-year-old season in 2017 a first-level turf allowance winner but Miller put him back on dirt, where he flourished. He won a 6 ½ furlong optional claiming race at Santa Anita by 7 ¼ lengths on May 6. He was then shipped to New York and won the Grade 2, six-furlong True North at Belmont Park by 2 ½ lengths. Returning to California, Roy H was a game second to Ransom the Moon in the Bing Crosby on August July 29 over the Del Mar course. In January of 2018, Roy H was voted Champion Male Sprinter of 2017.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
March 31, 2018Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf NewsMEYDAN RACECOURSE13
No Replay
Available
February 03, 2018Palos Verdes S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
November 04, 2017TwinSpires Breeders' Cup SprintDEL MAR11
No Replay
Available
October 07, 2017Santa Anita Sprint Championship S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
No Replay
Available
July 29, 2017Bing Crosby S.DEL MAR12
No Replay
Available
June 09, 2017True North S.BELMONT PARK21
No Replay
Available
May 06, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
No Replay
Available
April 08, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
July 30, 2016 DEL MAR 4
No Replay
Available
May 19, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
No Replay
Available
April 21, 2016 LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE 6
No Replay
Available
April 01, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
December 27, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
No Replay
Available
November 28, 2015 DEL MAR 10
No Replay
Available
October 24, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 3
No Replay
Available
August 22, 2015 DEL MAR 6
No Replay
Available
July 23, 2015 DEL MAR 2
No Replay
Available
May 31, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
No Replay
Available
April 30, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 2