Champion Roy H 'sound' again, galloping toward a return

Champion Roy H 'sound' again, galloping toward a return
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Two-time champion sprinter Roy H has resumed galloping toward a potential comeback.

Trainer Peter Miller said Friday that the 8-year-old gelding by More Than Ready — having missed nearly all of 2019 with a foot issue that originated in the spring — is “very sound right now.”

“He looks great,” Miller added. “His feet are better than they’ve been in over a year. Fingers crossed, but he owes us nothing, and I owe him everything.”

Stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in southern California, Roy H has galloped for “two or three days” and will still need to progress through a series of works if he’s to race again.

Last time out, the Rockingham Ranch runner made the Jan. 19, 2019, Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park his third straight win. The streak also included victories in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1).

Roy H, also a winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, won consecutive Eclipse Awards.

It was only after traveling for last year’s Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) that he scratched with a foot abscess. Last fall, Miller attempted to train Roy H up to a potential Breeders’ Cup three-peat but elected to back off about a month out and regroup for 2020.

“If we can keep him the way he is right now,” Miller said, “we’re going to be in great shape.”

A later-developing type, Roy H debuted for Miller in April of 2015 but didn’t jump to stakes company until June of 2017 when he won Belmont Park’s True North (G2). He has gone on to win six graded races in all, compiling a 10-5-2 record in 23 starts with earnings surpassing $3 million

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