JockeyKent J. Desormeaux
OwnerRockingham Ranch and Bernsen David A.
BreederRamona S. Bass LLC.
SireMore Than Ready
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.
|No Replay Available||March 31, 2018||Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News||MEYDAN RACECOURSE||1||3|
|No Replay Available||February 03, 2018||Palos Verdes S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||1|
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