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

Roy H made the defense of his title in the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint look like a casual jog in the park on November 3. The six-year-old More Than Ready gelding cruised to a greater than three-length win under the twin spires at Churchill Downs, giving rider Paco Lopez his first Breeders' Cup victory.

Roy H hit the side of his starting stall from post nine, but still broke on top. Lopez eased him back off the lead as Promises Fulfilled set the pace. Distinctive B followed in second, while Roy H cruised along comfortably in fourth. He wouldn't stay there long, swinging wide and clearing the front after the first half mile. Roy H was never threatened in the run down the long stretch, scoring in 1:08.24.

“He brings it every time, and I couldn't be more proud,” said trainer Peter Miller afterward. “Words don't even express my feelings."

“I loved my position early,” said Lopez, as he basked in the glow of winning his first Breeders’ Cup event. “I let him go a little early and he started a big move. I knew they were going fast up front. I just had a really good ride from him.”

That win was a milestone in Breeders' Cup 35-year history, as Miller became the first trainer to saddle back-to-back winners of the same Breeders' Cup event. Earlier in the afternoon, he sent out Stormy Liberal to capture the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint for the second consecutive time. Both horses share the same ownership as well, in Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen.

The Sprint was Roy H's third win in five starts this year, and his ninth of 22 lifetime. Lifetime, he's closing in on $1.7 million in earnings.

The bay's first 13 starts were in allowance company, before an attitude adjustment in the form of gelding him put him on the road to stardom.

He notched his first stakes win in his graded debut, taking the True North in June of 2017. Since then, he's won five more times, run second twice and third once – all in graded stakes company.

Capturing last year's TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint at Del Mar earned Roy H the Eclipse award as the 2017 champion sprinter with a record of five wins and a second in six 2017 starts.

“He always had this ability. As a colt, as a younger horse, he just never seemed to put it together,” said trainer Miller before his Breeders' Cup victory last year, “Once we gelded him and gave him some time off, he just blossomed into a different horse. He’s all business and just a very, very good horse.”

Roy H was again voted Champion Male Sprinter.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
January 19, 2019Palos Verdes S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2018TwinSpires Breeders' Cup SprintCHURCHILL DOWNS11
October 06, 2018Santa Anita Sprint Championship S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
July 28, 2018Bing Crosby S.DEL MAR12
No Replay
Available
March 31, 2018Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf NewsMEYDAN RACECOURSE13
February 03, 2018Palos Verdes S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 04, 2017TwinSpires Breeders' Cup SprintDEL MAR11
October 07, 2017Santa Anita Sprint Championship S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
July 29, 2017Bing Crosby S.DEL MAR12
June 09, 2017True North S.BELMONT PARK21
May 06, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
April 08, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
July 30, 2016 DEL MAR 4
May 19, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
No Replay
Available
April 21, 2016 LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE 6
April 01, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 27, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
November 28, 2015 DEL MAR 10
October 24, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 3
August 22, 2015 DEL MAR 6
July 23, 2015 DEL MAR 2
May 31, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
April 30, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 2