Miller tries training Roy H up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint

September 08, 2019 09:34am

Peter Miller hopes Roy H, the back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, will be able to seek out a third victory in that event later this year.

“We’re trying to make it,” the trainer Miller said this weekend while working from Kentucky Downs. “We’re trying to train him up to it.”

Roy H, Eclipse Award Champion Male Sprinter in both 2017 and 2018, hasn’t started since January. The gelding dominated the Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) on Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park in his only start so far as a 7-year-old.

The son of More Than Ready then developed a foot issue on his March flight to Dubai to contest the Golden Shaheen (G1) and spent time recuperating on a California farm.

Roy H doesn’t show any official works since returning to the U.S. with the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint running Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

“He’s been a little slow,” Miller said. “The foot’s been a little slow to come around. It’s good this week, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be good next week.

“He owes me nothing and I owe him everything. We’re just going to do what’s right by him.”

Roy H sports a career record of 23: 10-5-2 with $3,139,765 in earnings. All 10 of his starts since June 2017 have come in Grade 1 or 2 company, and he’s finished in the money in all of them.

Two runners, Cistron and Promises Fulfilled, have clinched Breeders’ Cup Sprint “Win and You’re In” berths. Three qualifying races remain in that division, including the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) – a race Roy H won the last two years – on Oct. 5.

Roy H most likely won’t be there to defend that title, but Miller hopes he can be on the track Nov. 2 to defend another.

“He’s a one-in-a-million horse,” Miller said. “… If he’s sound and he’s fit, I’ll line him up against anyone in the world.” 


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